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Carer's allowance, carer's credit and universal credit (carer element) are government benefits you might be eligible for if you spend more than a certain number of hours a week caring for a relative or friend. The benefits we explain in this guide are all means tested - the threshold is £110 a week after tax.

If you're wondering what kind of help would be best for your relative or friend, our Care advice tool can give you some guidance about housing options, day-to-day living arrangements and how to pay for care. 

Use our Care services directory to find care homes and domiciliary care anywhere in the UK. You can also find support groups for people affected by dementia.

In this guide

Useful organisations and websites

For benefits and allowances for carers we have collected in one place the most relevant organisations and charities for your reference. We explain who they are and give you phone numbers and website addresses.
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