Fitting the pieces together

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Carer’s Allowance is a benefit paid to a carer who is regularly looking after someone else with substantial caring needs and who is receiving PIP (daily living component- standard or enhanced rate), DLA (middle or highest care rate only), or Attendance Allowance.  A Carer does not have to be related to, or live with, the person being cared for, but must be 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring.

A Carer’s Allowance is not payable if the carer’s net earnings (after certain deductions) are above an earning’s limit – currently £110 per week. It is a taxable benefit and may affect other benefits claimed.

Claims are made on form DS700, (or DS700SP if you get a state pension) available from a Jobcentre Plus office or on- line

Note:- If you feel you may be eligible for CA because you are looking after someone who is making a claim for PIP but who has not heard the outcome, do not wait for a decision but apply for CA now as it can be backdated if they are eligible.