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Fees & Funding > Carer’s Allowance Rates 2024 | What Carers Could Now Receive

Carer’s Allowance Rates 2024 | What Carers Could Now Receive

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The amount of Carer’s Allowance you’re able to receive increased by 10.1% in April 2023. Here are the new Carer’s Allowance rates for 2023/2024, along with how much they’ve increased, whether you’re eligible and how to claim if so.

Carer’s Allowance is a benefit for people on a low income who spend at least 35 hours a week looking after somebody else who has a disability, illness or other medical condition.

Many people who claim this benefit act as a carer for a family member or parent - and often do so without realising they’ve taken on a caregiving role.

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In this article:

  1. Carer’s Allowance rates 2023/2024
  2. How much have Carer’s Allowance rates increased from 2022 to 2023?
  3. How much will Carer's Allowance be worth for 2024/2025?
  4. Does the benefit cap apply to Carer’s Allowance?
  5. How is Carer’s Allowance paid?
  6. Check whether you qualify for Carer's Allowance
  7. How to claim Carer’s Allowance
  8. Benefits you can claim with Carer's Allowance

Carer’s Allowance Rates 2023/2024

You could be eligible for Carer’s Allowance if you spend at least 35 hours a week looking after somebody who has a disability, illness or other medical condition and who also receives certain benefits.

Carer’s Allowance for 2023/2024 is £76.75 per week.

We’ve outlined what you’ll get on a weekly, four-weekly and yearly basis in the table below.

Carer’s Allowance Rate 2023/2024 Carer’s Allowance Rate 2022/2023 Increase
Per Week £76.75 £69.70 £7.05
Every Four Weeks £307.00 £278.80 £28.20
Per Year £3,991.00 £3,624.40 £366.60

How Much Have Carer’s Allowance Rates Increased From 2022 to 2023?

Carer’s Allowance increased by £7.05 weekly in April 2023, from £69.70 to £76.75. This was an increase of 10.1% in line with inflation. This 10.1% increase was applied across all DWP and HMRC benefits.

If you qualify for Carer’s Allowance in 2023, you’ll get £76.75 a week, £307.00 every four weeks and £3,991.00 a year. During the 2022/2023 tax year, you would have received £69.70 a week, £278.80 every four weeks and £3,624.40 a year. This is an annual increase of £7.05 per week, £28.20 per every four weeks and £366.60 per year.

How Much Will Carer's Allowance Be Worth For 2024/2025?

As part of November's Autumn Statement, the government confirmed that various DWP benefits will increase by a further 6.7% from April 2024, including Carer's Allowance.

This 6.7% increase will cause the weekly rate of Carer's Allowance to rise from £76.75 to £81.90 from April 2024.

From April 2024, Carer's Allowance will be worth £81.90 a week, £327.60 every four weeks and £4,258.80 a year.

Does the Benefit Cap Apply To Carer’s Allowance?

The benefit cap is a limit on the maximum amount of benefits you can receive per year. Your benefit cap will be determined by whether you live inside or outside of Greater London, whether you’re single or in a couple and if any children live with you.

For example, the benefit cap for people in a couple who live outside of Greater London is £423.46 per week and £1,835 per month.

However, if you or your partner receive Carer’s Allowance, you won’t be affected by the benefit cap, meaning there’s no limit to the amount of benefits you can get.

People who have reached the State Pension age are also exempt.

How Is Carer’s Allowance Paid?

Carer’s Allowance can either be paid every week or every four weeks.

It’ll go straight into a bank, building society or Post Office card account of your choice.

If you’re unable to open an account, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will instead pay you through the Payment Exception Service.

Check Whether You Qualify For Carer’s Allowance

To be eligible for Carer’s Allowance, you’ll need to spend at least 35 hours a week caring for one person. The care you provide could include things like assistance with household chores, providing transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, collecting medication or any other tasks such as shopping and managing finances.

The person you care for needs to claim one of the following qualifying disability benefits:

You don’t need to live with or be related to the person you care for. If you and somebody else care for the same person, only one of you can claim Carer’s Allowance. You won’t be paid extra if you care for multiple people.

Eligibility will also depend on your personal circumstances. You must be aged 16 or over and you can’t be in full-time education or earning more than £139 a week after deductions. You also need to have lived in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland for at least two of the last three years.

For further guidance, we’ve created an article explaining Carer’s Allowance eligibility and the rules for claiming.

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What else you could be eligible for

For every week you receive Carer’s Allowance, you’ll also automatically get National Insurance Credits.

You might also be eligible for:

Claiming Carer’s Allowance

If eligible, you can apply for Carer’s Allowance through GOV.UK.

You can also apply by post, or by calling the Carer’s Allowance Unit to request a form on 0800 731 0297.

If you live in Northern Ireland, you can instead apply through NI Direct, or by calling the Disability Carers Service on 0800 587 0912.

Benefits You Can Claim With Carer’s Allowance

  • Attendance Allowance - You can get both of these at the same time. Attendance Allowance is means-tested, so doesn’t affect eligibility for other benefits

  • Disability Living Allowance - If the person you care for is aged under and receives Disability Living Allowance (DLA), your Carer’s Allowance won’t be affected. DLA is means-tested, so doesn’t affect eligibility for other benefits

  • Pension Credit - This is a means-tested benefit for people above the State Pension age, so it might prevent you from being eligible for Carer’s Allowance, due to the extra income received

  • Personal Independence Payment - You can claim both of these if you’re a carer but also have your own care needs

  • State Pension - If your State Pension is less than Carer’s Allowance, you can get the difference paid as a top-up. If your State Pension is more, you won’t receive Carer’s Allowance

  • Universal Credit - You can receive Carer’s Allowance and Universal Credit at the same time

  • Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit - Your eligibility for either of these may be affected if you also receive Carer’s Allowance, as this is counted as income (so your total income may pass the threshold)

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much can I earn and still claim Carer’s Allowance?

For 2023/2024, the maximum amount you can earn while still being eligible for Carer’s Allowance is £139.00 per week (after tax and National Insurance have been deducted). If you earn more than this, you’ll no longer be eligible.

What can carers get for free?

Carers are eligible for numerous discounts and free days out in the UK. We’ve rounded these up in our discounts for carers article, including cinema tickets, theatre tickets, theme park tickets, zoo tickets, tickets for certain sporting events and free museum entry. Often, you’ll need to have the person with you that you care for to get free entry.

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