The Care Allowance could offer an additional £ 270 and a bonus each month this summer

The care allowance is a payment for people who need at least 35 hours per week to regularly care for a disabled person.

You do not have to be related to or live with the person you are caring for to be eligible for care allowance, but the person you are caring for must be receiving certain benefits due to their disability, which in some cases include. You have to pay a certain tariff.

Care allowance is currently paid at £ 67.60 per week, which will increase to £ 69.70 from April 11th.

The care allowance is not dependent on social security contributions and is not means-tested – that is, not based on your personal income or savings – but the income may have an impact on your eligibility.

The DWP guidelines state: “If your income is sometimes more than £ 128 a week, you may still be entitled to care allowance. Your average income can be calculated to find out if you are eligible. ”

Scots who receive care allowance are also entitled to an additional payment known as a care allowance supplement.

The Care Allowance Allowance is £ 231.40 and is paid in two payments each year on dates set by the Scottish Government.

More than 90,000 applicants received a double payment of £ 462.80 on December 15, 2021.

Am I entitled to care allowance?

You may be entitled to care allowance if you, the person you care for and the type of care you provide meet certain criteria.

The person you are looking after must already receive one of these benefits:

  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – component of daily living

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA) – the medium or highest rate of care

  • Care allowance

  • Long-term care allowance at or above the normal maximum rate with disability pension

  • Long-term care allowance at the basic rate (full day) with a war disability pension

  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

If someone else is caring for the same person as you, only one of you can apply for the care allowance.

The kind of care you offer

You must spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone.

This can include:

  • help with washing and cooking

  • take the person in care with you to a doctor’s appointment

  • Help with household chores such as managing bills and shopping

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Eligibility to participate

The guidelines for GOV.UK state that the following must apply:

  • You are 16 or older

  • You spend at least 35 hours a week looking after someone

  • You have been in Scotland for at least two of the past three years (this does not apply if you are a refugee or have humanitarian protection status)

  • You are not in full-time education

  • You don’t study 21 hours a week or more

  • They are not subject to immigration controls

  • You can earn a maximum of £ 128 per week after taxes, social security and expenses

How do I apply for care allowance?

You can apply online here on the GOV.UK website or call the Carer’s Allowance Unit to obtain an application form on 0800 731 0297.

Before applying, make sure you have:

  • National insurance number (if you have a partner, you will also need their partner)

  • Bank or building society data

  • Employment dates and current payroll when you work

  • P45, if you recently finished work

  • Course details if you are studying

  • Information on any expenses, for example pension contributions or costs for looking after your children or the disabled person during working hours

The GOV.UK policy states that you will also need information about the person you are looking after.

You need your:

  • Date of birth and address

  • National insurance number if you are 16 or older

  • Reference to housing allowance for the disabled if they are under 16 years of age

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Further help and advice on care allowance

Further help and advice can be obtained from:

You can find out more about applying for care allowance on the website here.

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