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Thousands of Carer's Allowance claimants can get an extra £245 - deadline days away

Daily Express logo Daily Express 07/10/2022 Temie Laleye
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Around 81,680 Carer's Allowance claimants received Carer's Allowance Supplement in June and the next one is due in December. Carer's Allowance Supplement is an extra payment made twice a year to people in Scotland who get Carer's Allowance on two specific qualifying dates.

This year's supplement payments are worth £245.70 each.

To qualify for the next payment in December, people must be claiming, or have made a new claim, for Carer's Allowance by October 10, 2022.

The supplement is paid to people in Scotland who claim Carer's Allowance from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

This extra payment is paid automatically and those who are eligible should receive a letter telling them that they are due the boost.

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Overall, the two payments of Carer's Allowance Supplement combined add up to £491.40.

Those who are entitled to Carer's Allowance Supplement will receive a letter informing them a payment has been made.

As the cost of living crisis continues, any extra cash could be vital for families on low incomes.

Britons are urged to check they are claiming all the benefits they are entitled to.

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Successful Carer's Allowance claimants can get up to £279 a month.

The DWP estimates that 400,000 could be eligible for Carer's Allowance but don't claim. Only people who live in Scotland and get Carer's Allowance can get the supplement.

Britons may be eligible for weekly Carer's Allowance payments of £69.70 if they, the person they care for and the type of care they provide meets certain criteria.

People do not have to be related to, or live with, the person they care for.

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The person they care for must already get one of these benefits:

  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - daily living component
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA) - the middle or highest care rate
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the normal maximum rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Constant Attendance Allowance at the basic (full day) rate with a War Disablement Pension
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

If two people care for the same person, only one of them can claim Carer's Allowance.

Claimants need to spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone and their earnings should be £132 or less a week after tax, National Insurance and expenses.

Care includes tasks such as helping with washing and cooking, taking the person they care for to a doctor's appointment or helping with household tasks, like managing bills and shopping.

People can claim online on the Government website.

Alternatively, they can phone the Carer's Allowance Unit for a claim form on 0800 731 0297.

Guidance on Gov.uk also states that claimants will need details of the person they care for such as their date of birth and address, National Insurance number if they are 16 or over and their Disability Living Allowance reference if they are under 16.

For more information on Carer's Allowance, people can visit the GOV.UK.

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