This includes changes in the way you provide the 35 hours a week of care, or taking time off from caring.
You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person.
Your partner’s earnings don’t affect your basic benefit.
But your earnings or theirs may reduce any means tested benefit you also receive.
If you’ve been waiting for the person you’re caring for to be awarded a qualifying benefit and you claim Carer’s Allowance within three months of the date that they’re awarded this benefit, then your claim can be backdated to the date when the benefit began.
If entitlement to Carer’s Allowance means you can start getting a benefit such as Income Support because of the award of Carer Premium, you should claim the benefit at the same time that you claim Carer’s Allowance. The assessment process is very straightforward as there are only a few rules you need to meet.
But there are some things to keep in mind: You cannot get Carer’s Allowance if your net earnings are more than £110 a week.