Claiming Other Benefits with the Carer's Allowance

If the applicant for Carer's Allowance is also receiving the same amount or more from one of these benefits, the Carer's Allowance will not be paid:

- a state pension

- unemployability supplement

- incapacity supplement

- maternity allowance

- contribution-based jobseeker's allowance

- widow's benefits and bereavement benefits

- state training allowance

Under the overlapping benefits rule, if you are awarded less than the basic rate of Carer's Allowance from any of the above, then that benefit is made up to the basic rate.

The overlapping rule does not apply to earnings-related or age-related additions to these benefits.

In circumstances where your spouse or partner has been awarded a dependency addition for you from any of the above benefits, it will not be paid if you get the same amount or more of Carer's Allowance.

If the dependency addition is greater than your Carer's Allowance, you will receive the Carer's Allowance and your partner will be awared the difference between the dependency addition and Carers' Allowance.

If your partner gets one of the above benefits above, and receives £29.05 per week or more in doing so, and you are awarded the Carer's Allowance, you will not be granted the Adult Dependant Allowance.

An individual can claim both Income Support and the Carer's Alloowance benefit, but the amount of the the later is reduced by that of the former.

Entitlement to the Carer's Allowance is not impacted on by any Daily Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance benefits, that an individual may be receiving.

When the person receiving care receives a severe disablement premium, this will stop if the Carer's Allowance is awarded.

The premium will continue if you are only awarded a carer premium instead of the full Carer's Allowance.

Click here to reach the main Carer's Allowance information page.