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Who can make a claim?

As a parent or carer of a child or young person with SEND you might not think of yourself as a carer, but you may be entitled to the extra help.

You might be able to claim if:

  • you are aged 16 years or over and you care for someone at least 35 hours a week

  • your child or young person receives the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) care component at the middle or highest rate

  • or the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

  • you are not in full-time education

  • you earn no more than £123 per week after deductions.

Carer’s Allowance is not means tested-which means it doesn't matter what savings you have and most forms of unearned income are also ignored.

Only your own earnings are counted. If you have a partner who works their earnings are ignored.

How much is it and what can it be used for?

Carer’s Allowance is paid at a basic rate of £66.15 per week from April 2019.

The extra money could be used to meet the costs of caring for your disabled child or young person. This could include paying for equipment, paying for higher transport costs, or energy bills. Ultimately it's up to you to decide how best to use the extra money to assist you in your caring responsibilities.

How to apply for Carer's Allowance

You can make a claim for Carer's Allowance online at gov.uk. You'll need to gather information about yourself such as your National Insurance number, any employment or course of study you're undertaking, as well as information about the person you care for before making a claim.

If you'd prefer to apply by post, you can telephone to ask for a claim pack:

Carer’s Allowance Unit

0800 731 0297

0800 731 0317 (textphone)

Carer’s Allowance can be backdated to the start of your DLA or PIP award as long as long as you claim within 3 months of receiving the DLA/PIP decision. If you don't claim during this period, payments can only be backdated for a maximum of 3 months.

If you receive this funding, what else can you get?

For each week you get Carer’s Allowance you’ll automatically get National Insurance credits.

You may also be able to apply for:

0300 123 4043 - Hertfordshire County Council customer call centre

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