What Is Carer’s Allowance?
There are many different social programs designed to help out individuals needing a little bit extra assistance for individuals who need the help. Carer’s Allowance is one such example of a supplementary payment program that aims to help out caregivers who sacrifice their time and energy to give daily care to someone who has a disability, a medical condition that restricts their day to day life, or an elderly citizen who is frail and requires additional help.
Who does Carer’s Allowance cover?
One of the keys to understanding Carer’s Allowance is understanding who qualifies. Carer’s Allowance isn’t for the individuals who need additional living assistance but for those providing the assistance. There’s no question that helping out another person can
be time consuming and tiring even as it is personally rewarding. Those individuals working to help others should be compensated for their efforts to make life better for others, and that’s where the Carer’s Allowance comes in.
What’s the compensation?
On its own as of 2013 the Carer’s Allowance could be up to 59.75 British Pounds per week to help look after a qualified individual. The carer doesn’t actually have to be related to the person they are helping or even live with that individual. Just providing the additional care of 35 hours or more a week is enough to qualify for this benefit.
Important notices on Carer’s Allowance
While Carer’s Allowance is aid given from the Department of Human Service, it’s important to remember that any benefits accepted are in fact taxable, and this can affect what other benefits a recipient qualifies for and how much they’re given. However for many people who spend a substantial amount of time caring for others who need that help and need that assistance, Carer’s Allowance can help immensely.
Getting Carer’s Allowance
Applying for a Carer’s Allowance must be done by filling out the appropriate forms (DS700) and showing that the individual being cared for qualifies as someone needing exceptional care, as well as any evidence asked for that shows the applicant is eligible and spending the minimum number of hours caring for that individual.
While the amount given out per week or the exact hours needed to qualify may all change in the future, there’s little question that support for the Carer’s Allowance program will keep it healthy years and even decades into the future. Any changes in the numbers would be announced by the Department of Human Service although in the short term there is little talk of that taking place. As long as an individual qualifies, there is no reason that he or she should not pursue the additional help and benefits that can come from a Carer’s Allowance.