Make Sure: to check with the person you are caring for before you make a claim for Carer’s Allowance since they may lose some of the benefit they receive, such as a severe disability addition, as a result of the Carer’s Allowance claim.This is only if the disabled person lives on their own and does not include underlying entitlement awards of Carer’s Allowance.
Underlying Entitlement: You cannot receive Carer’s Allowance and a State Retirement Pension. If however you are a carer who would qualify for Carers Allowance, you may be entitled to what is known as Underlying Entitlement, which may entitle you to benefits that your retirement pension does.
For more information about the Carer’s Allowance visit:
You can also claim online via the GOV UK site.
Local Services Link: www.carers.org
NHS Choices pages Link: www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Disability/Pages/Carers.aspx
Carers UK Link: www.carersuk.org
Carers and Employment Link: http://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/work-and-career