Carer’s Allowance is paid if you look after someone with substantial caring needs.
You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for.
You must be 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for them.
Carer’s Allowance is taxable and it can also affect your other benefits.
The person who is being cared for must be getting one of the following qualifying benefits:
• attendance allowance (higher or lower rate)
• DLA care component (highest or middle rate)
• personal independence payment daily living component (either rate)
• armed forces independence payment (AFIP)
• constant attendance allowance at or above the normal maximum rate (paid with a war pension or industrial disablement pension).