Claiming Carer's Allowance

A Carer's Allowance can help you look after someone with substantial caring needs. You don’t have to be related to, or live with the person you care for, but you must be 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for them.

Who can claim?

For information on eligibility and how much you may be entitled to visit the GOV.UK Carer’s Allowance pages.  

How to claim

The form for claiming a Carer's Allowance is only available online. It takes about 20 minutes to complete, you can apply using a mobile phone or tablet and it does not require a signature or a password. 

If you can’t apply online, you can apply by post. The address to send your application to is at the end of the form.

What happens after the claim is submitted? 

An online claim is received in the Department for Work and Pensions as soon as it is submitted. The Carer’s Allowance Unit can start processing the claim and will write to the person being cared for to let them know a claim by someone caring for them has been made.

Report a change of circumstances

You can also report a change of circumstances online such as:

  • Starting or leaving a job
  • No longer being a carer
  • Taking a holiday or going into hospital
  • The person cared for going into hospital or taking a holiday