Carers who are unpaid may be eligible for £3,515 in Carer’s Allowance – here’s how to get it ‘faster.’
Carers who do not claim Carer’s Allowance may be losing out on over £3,000 per year.
A charity has explained how to make online payments “faster.”
One out of every eight adults in the UK is estimated to be unpaid carers, with one out of every seven juggling care responsibilities with traditional employment.
Carers UK explained how applying online makes it “faster and easier” for first-time claimants to receive payments.
Caring for someone who meets the eligibility criteria could earn each of these carers an extra £67.60 per week, totaling £3,515.20 over the course of the year.
Despite this, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) estimates that 28% of carers who meet the criteria do not apply for Carer’s Allowance.
To be eligible for the payments, one must assist with tasks such as washing or cooking, driving the patient to doctor’s appointments, and assisting with general household tasks such as grocery shopping.
Eligible carers must also be at least 16 years old, studying less than 21 hours per week or not in school at all, and living in England, Scotland, or Wales.
For at least 35 hours per week, unpaid carers must look after someone receiving certain benefits.
One of the following benefits must be received by the person receiving care:
Payment for Individual Independence
Allowance for Daily Living
With an Industrial Disability Benefit, you can get a Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the normal maximum rate.
With a War Disablement Pension, you can get Constant Attendance Allowance at the basic rate.
Payment for Armed Forces Independence
At the middle or highest level of care, a child is eligible for the Child Disability Payment.
In order to apply, the person being cared for does not have to be a relative or live in the same neighborhood as the caregiver.
“Claim online if possible; it’s faster and simpler,” Carers UK advised eligible carers.
The first step in applying online is to download and print the application form from the Gov.uk website.
Carers can either mail the form or, if possible, fill it out online and send it digitally once it has been completed.
A series of questions will be asked before filling out the online form to see if you meet the basic eligibility criteria for this benefit, which can save you a lot of time.
However, if one is interested in learning more.
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