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Qualification for the Carer's Allowance is dependent on the carer spending 35 hours caring for one person.

Click here for more information about the Carer's Allowance and the 35 hour rule.

Time caring for more than one disabled person can not be added together.

The location of the care is not considered relevant. It can take place at home or in a residential care home.

The Carer's Allowance may still be granted even if an individual is already receiving Disability Living

Allowance or Attendance Allowance benefits.

Click here for information on how claims for other benefits affect an individual's ability to claim the Carer's Allowance.

Payment of Carer's Allowance is continued if the disabled individual is taken into hospital.

Certain cirumstances mean you will not be granted Carers' Allowance:

- if you are in full-time education.

Click here for specific information about claiming the Carer's Allowance if you are also in education.

- if you earn more than £95 per week after tax, national insurance contribution and 50% of any pension contribution that you may make.

- You are under the age of 16.

- you don't pass the residence and presence tests or you are subject to immigration control .

The rate of payment of the Carers' Allowance, received weekly by the carer themselves, is £50.55.

Added to this is a further £30.20, the Adult Dependant's Addition, which is paid if the carer has a spouse or civil partner.

This extra figure is not paid if the spouse concerned earns more than £30.20 per week.

Each week you are in receipt of the Carer's Allowance you will have a National Insurance contribution added to your NI record until you are 60 years of age.

This protects your right to the contribution-based jobseeker'a allowance, the state pension and incapacity benefit.

The overlapping benefits guideline means the award of Carer's Allowance is affected if an individual is in receipt of certain other benefits.

Those awarded Carer's Allowance may be entitled to the carer premium.

This is currently £27.15 per week, which will be included in the applicable amount for income support, income-based job-seekers' allowance, council tax benefit and/or housing benefit.

If Carer's Allowance is granted, it will the individual being cared for from receiving Severe Disability Premium as part of either income support, council tax benefit or housing benefit.

Click here for information about claiming Carer's Allowance and taking a break from caring.

Application can be made on the internet by visiting the website.

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