Universal credit is a new single payment being rolled out across the UK that combines six existing benefits for people who are out of work or on a low income.

How do I apply for universal credit - carer element?

If you are already claiming universal credit, you may be able to get an extra amount because of your caring role, without having to apply for carer's allowance. This is known as a ‘carer element’. You can’t get both.

You can get more information about this from the Universal Credit helpline on 0845 600 0723, or see this page of the GOV.UK website.

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