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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 fill in the form correctly.
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What to check before filling in the form Top tips for filling in the Carer’s Allowance form What other benefits are available for Carers?

What to check before filling in the form

Checklist (ticks)
  • Check whether you’re entitled to the allowance. Look at the section ‘Am I eligible for Carer’s Allowance?’ in our Carer’s Allowance article

  • 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 Housing Benefit and any council tax reduction they get.

  • Have the following at hand:
    - your National Insurance number
    - bank details
    - your latest payslip or P45 (if you recently stopped working)
    - the 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’ll need information about your employer and earnings, as well as any pension contributions and childcare payments.

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

  • For more details about the kinds of financial information you may be asked for, see the government’s eligibility criteria.

Use our calculator to find out how much you might pay a home care agency in your area and what financial support is available.

Top tips for filling in the Carer’s Allowance form

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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.

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On average, gov.uk says the online claims takes less than 30 minutes to complete. You can take a break if you’re not ready to fill it in all in one go, but you’ll be timed out if you remain inactive for more than 90 minutes.

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If you get stuck filling in the form, the government has a dedicated Carer’s Allowance helpline.

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

0800 731 0297

Textphone: 0800 731 0317

Mon–Fri, 8.00am–6pm

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

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What other benefits are available for Carers?

To find out more about about other benefits and support for carers, explore our Benefits for carers guide.

Further reading

Carer’s assessment

If you care for someone, you can arrange a carer’s assessment to find out if you’re eligible for support.

Carer’s Allowance

If you care for someone for more than 35 hours a week, find out if you could apply for Carer’s Allowance.

Carer’s Credit

Carer’s Credit can help fill gaps in your National Insurance record if you can’t work due to being a carer.

Last updated: 30 Jan 2020