Welfare Rights Training 2009. Carers Allowance. Taxable: Yes Means Tested: No (Only earnings stops it) An allowance paid to someone over 16 who spends at least 35 hours looking after a qualifying disabled person. CARERS ALLOWANCE Who is it for ?
“The Severely Disabled Person must be in receipt of”
Spend at least 35hours weekly in respect of one disabled person
Be aged over 16
Earning under £95 net weekly after allowable deductions
Not be in full time education (more than 21 hours at any level)
NOTE 1 (Child additions)
Existing claimants only pre April 2003
These loses of Child addition only apply to existing Carers Allowance claims made pre April 2003 with transitional protected child additions included
After April 2003 (Child additions were abolished)
Earnings / income under £15,575 yearly should allow Child Tax Credit to be paid in full for any children.
E.g. you are entitled to CA but it cannot be paid because of the overlapping benefit rules (See below).
If you only have an underlying entitlement to CA, there
are some extra rules
You must have actually claimed Carers Allowance
You are entitled to CA but the overlapping benefit rules mean that you cannot be paid CA because you receive another non-means tested income maintenance benefit
The person you are caring for must continue to receive Attendance Allowance or the middle or higher rate of D.L.A. care component.
(Single £52.85 / Couple £105.70)
If a Couple?
If you both get DLA middle or higher rate Care Component or Attendance Allowance, and no one gets PAIDCarers Allowance (CA) for looking after either you or your partner, your SDP will be the couple Rate £105.70
If you both get DLA middle or higher rate Care Component or Attendance Allowance, and one person gets paidCA for looking after you or your partner, your SDP will be single rate £52.85
If two people are getting CA for looking after you and your partner, you will not get the SDP at all.
Carers Allowance will not be paid if you have more from:
Employment & Support Allowance Contributory
Severe Disablement Allowance (Option)
Contribution Based JSA
Widows or Bereavement Benefits
Unemployability Supplement (IIB & WP)