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.

In conclusion
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.

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Carer’s Allowance Eligibility

There’s no question that Carer’s Allowance is an excellent program that helps take care of incapacitated people by offering financial assistance to those good Samaritans who are spending 35 hours or more a week taking care of them. In this situation often the caretaker is a family member, but that isn’t one of the requirements to qualify. Whether a friend or just a good soul, anyone who can show they are spending 35 hours plus a week caring for an incapacitated individual can qualify for Carer’s Allowance.

Being related or living with the person being taken care of are not requirements. However not everyone is going to be eligible for a Carer’s Allowance. There are several eligibility requirements that must be met in order to receive these payments. These requirements can be broken down into several categories.

Requirements to Receive Carer’s Allowance

The first set of requirements to be met is the ones that caregivers must meet in order to qualify for Carer’s Allowance. These can change slightly from year to year however the basic core of requirements will remain the same. The quick list for these are that individuals who want to qualify for payments from this program:

Carer’s Allowance Explained

Carer’s Allowance is a form of compensation given to those in the UK who care for other people. However, you must meet a certain set of requirements in order to collect Carer’s Allowance each week.

The Basics of Carer’s Allowance

There are a few basic things that you should know before you apply for Carer’s Allowance. Those things are:

  • You, the caregiver, must be at least 16 years old.
  • You do not have to live with the person you care for. However, you must spend at least 35 hours per week caring for them.
  • You cannot earn more than £100 a week working at a different job.
  • You must be a legal resident of the UK.
  • The person that you care for must be collecting disability benefits already.
  • You are not allowed to collect certain other benefits while collecting Carer’s Allowance.

How Much Can You Collect With Carer’s Allowance

The basic amount paid for Carer’s Allowance is £59.75. That amount can be paid to you each week, or you can choose to receive lump sums every 4 weeks, or every 13 weeks. Those payments can be made directly to your bank account.

However, it’s important to note that your Carer’s Allowance may go down, if you collect certain other benefits as…

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Carer’s Allowance Application

Applying for a Carer’s Allowance shouldn’t cause anyone to stress out. This program is designed to help and aide, and the application is made as easy and seamless as possible in an attempt to help alleviate those jitters. There are several ways to apply for a Carer’s Allowance and while some time may pass between when you first put in the application in and when a full response comes back. While changing technology and policies could change this in the future, right now there are three main methods used for applying for a Carer’s Allowance: applying online, applying via mail application, or contacting the Carer’s Allowance Unit.

Meet Form DS700 or DS700SP
These are the two forms that any applicant for Carer’s Allowance will need to become really familiar with. They are similar forms, but without them there is no way to apply for the Allowance. The DS700 is the most common form and is for any individual who is looking for a Carer’s Allowance claim who does not receive a state pension of any kind. The DS700SP is similar, but is specifically designed for applicants who get a state pension but also believe they qualify for a Carer’s Allowance.

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Carer’s Allowance Requirements

There are many requirements that need to be fulfilled in order for a Carer’s Allowance to be granted. The requirements apply not only to the individual requesting an allowance but also to the person who is being cared for. Whether the incapacitated person is frail from extreme age, or restricted due to physical or mental disability, the Carer’s Allowance is there to make sure that some support is given to help everyone involved. As with any social program it’s important to understand how it works and what the requirements are. First, let’s focus on the basic relationship that must be proven to even think about applying for a Carer’s Allowance.

Looking at the purpose of the Carer’s Allowance

The Carer’s Allowance is to help aid individuals who require substantial living assistance and help to function in day to day society. This is aimed at incapacitated people by helping out caregivers who dedicate 35 hours a week or more specifically to the care of those people. While the current weekly payout (allowance) is at 59.75 Pounds per week, that can change in the future.

The main relationship of importance is showing that a person has taken on the role of caregiver in order to…

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