We use cookies to allow us and selected partners to improve your experience and our advertising. By continuing to browse you consent to our use of cookies as per our policy which also explains how to change your preferences.

Close
Menu
Home care
Find out about care at home, adaptations and technology to help you to stay independent in your own home for longer.
Financing care
Learn about funding options for home care, home adaptations and care homes, together with Attendance Allowance, gifting assets and Power of Attorney.
Housing options
Consider your options and learn about sheltered housing, retirement villages and care homes.
End of life
Guidance to help you through the emotional and practical steps of losing a loved one, from coping with bereavement to arranging a funeral.

How to fill in the Carer's Allowance form

Applying for Carer’s Allowance may seem daunting at first, but our checklist will guide you through the process and help you to fill it in correctly.
2 min read
In this article
What to check before filling in the form Top tips for filling in the Carer’s Allowance form

What to check before filling in the form

Checklist (ticks)
  • Check whether you’re entitled to Carer’s Allowance by looking through the government’s eligibility criteria.

  • Talk to the person you’re caring for and get their permission to apply, as your claim could reduce some of their benefits. For example, if the person you’re caring for receives Pension Credit with a severe disability premium, they could lose their severe disability premium, which could also affect their Housing Benefit and any council tax reduction.

  • Have the following at hand:
    - your National Insurance number
    - bank details
    - your latest payslip or P45 (if you recently stopped working)
    - National Insurance number or Disability Living Allowance reference of the person you care for.

  • If you’ve completed any educational courses in the last few months, have the details handy.

  • If you’ve been working recently, including if you’re self-employed, you need to have information about your employer and earnings, as well as any pension contributions and childcare payments.

  • You also need to know the details of any statutory sick pay, maternity pay, paternity pay or adoption pay that you’ve received during the time period you’re claiming for.

Top tips for filling in the Carer’s Allowance form

1

If you complete the form online, it will make sure you meet basic eligibility criteria before taking your details. So you’re more likely to get it right first time, and receive your first allowance payment sooner.

2

On average, gov.uk says the online claims takes less than 30 minutes to complete. However, you do need to complete it within 90 minutes. Although you can take a break, bear in mind that you’ll be timed out after an hour and a half.

3

If you get stuck filling in the form, the government has a dedicated helpline.

Call the helpline for information and how to make a claim:

0800 731 0297

Textphone: 0345 604 5312

Mon–Thu, 8.30am–5pm (excluding Bank Holidays); Fri, 8.30am–4.30pm

 

4

You can also order the claim form in large print or braille by calling the helpline.

Further reading

Carer's Allowance

Find out if you could apply for Carer’s Allowance, a benefit to help you if you care for someone for more than 35 ...

Carer's assessment

If you care for someone it may be helpful to arrange a carer’s assessment to see if you’re eligible for support – ...

Carer's Credit

Find out if you could apply for Carer’s Credit, a National Insurance credit that helps with gaps in your record if ...

Last updated: 03 Oct 2018