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7. Benefit Entitlements

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This category covers the different benefits which a person who is in care may be entitled to.

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Carer's Allowance

If you are caring for someone with significant care needs for 35 hours a week or more, you may be eligible to receive Carer’s Allowance. The current rate of pay for Carer’s Allowance is £62.10 a week.

There are a number of areas for consideration before claiming Carer’s Allowance, such as the effect it may have on any other benefits you are claiming and/or any benefits the person you care for is claiming.

Effect on benefits of the person you care for:

- A severe disability premium

- An extra amount for severe disability paid with their Pension Credit

- Reduced council tax; contact their local council to see if this affects them

Effect on your benefits:

Your other benefits may be reduced but your total benefit payments usually go up or stay the same. If you currently receive Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit you must contact the Tax Credit’s office.

In order to apply you will need: your National Insurance number, the date of birth and address of the person you’re caring for and your bank or building society details. Claims can be backdated by up to 3 months.

If you are successful in your application for Carer’s Allowance then you can choose from the following payment instalments: weekly, every 4 weeks or every 13 weeks.

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