Thousands missing out on Carer’s Allowance worth £302 a month – how to check eligibility

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As millions more people have been plunged into poverty by the cost of living crisis, campaigners are reminding people that £15billion is lost in unclaimed benefits every year. Some 400,000 Britons are thought to be eligible for up to £302 a month in Carer’s Allowance, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed.

Nearly half a million people are missing out on this vital financial support because they don’t know they are eligible.

Anyone who helps someone with everyday tasks or getting around the home for 35 hours a week or more is being encouraged to apply for Carer’s Allowance.

They can be in work but they will need to be earning no more than £128 a week.

In addition, the person they are caring for needs to be claiming certain state benefits for them to qualify.

Before applying they should let them know as it may affect their benefits and how much they receive.

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These state benefits include:

  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Child Disability Payment.

Carers don’t have to be related, or living with the person they are caring for.

While not everyone receives the full amount of Carer’s Allowance, they may end up better off.

However, Britons won’t receive more if they care for more than one person.

Claims can be backdated for three months.

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Anyone who qualifies for Carer’s Allowance will automatically receive National Insurance credits. They could also be entitled to:

  • Support from their local council
  • A Council Tax Reduction
  • Universal Credit
  • Pension Credit if they’re over working age
  • Grants and bursaries to help pay for courses and training
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance.

To apply and find out more Britons are advised to go to Gov.uk.

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