Welfare Benefits

The key benefits are below. Click on each heading for a more detailed leaflet provided by Carers UK and see our download section for information about other benefits.

Carers Allowance: is the main benefit for working age carers. You may be eligible if you are looking after someone for 35 hours a week or more who gets a qualifying disability benefit and earn less than £120 per week. This is NOT means tested.

Attendance Allowance: is a state benefit that helps with the extra costs of long-term illness or disability, which can be either physical and/or mental. It is for people aged 65 and over and is paid to the person with the health condition.

Personal Independence Allowance (PIP): is a benefit for people aged  between 16 and 64 years old and who have a long term illness or disability. Claiming this benefits can help the person you care for qualify for other benefits and or tax credits

Disability Living Allowance: is a benefit for those looking after a child with a health condition or disability who is under the age of 16 years. This can help towards the extra costs of bringing up a disabled child. DLA is NOT means testing. Note, people aged 16-64 can no longer make a new claim of DLA, and should instead claim  Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Attendance Allowance if you are 65 years of age or older.

Employment Support Allowance (ESA): is an income based benefit for people aged 16 to state pension age, who are unable to work because of their own health condition. ESA has replaced all previous sickness benefits such as Income Support due to illness, Incapacity Benefit, and Severe Disability Allowance.

Pension Credits: is a means-tested benefit for people who have reached 'state pension credit age' and who have income and capital below a certain amount. 

Help with Council Tax: Council tax is a local form of taxation on domestic property and is collected by local councils (often referred to as local authorities). There are a number of ways in which people can get help with council tax. Read more >>

Universal Credit: Universal Credit (UC) is a means-tested benefit that is being gradually introduced. UC is replacing Income Support, income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit. These are referred to in this information as ‘legacy benefits’. When UC will affect you will depend on your circumstances and where you live.