Carer's Benefits

There are benefits you may be able to claim and other support available if you are caring for someone.

Carer's Allowance

You may qualify for Carer's Allowance if you spend 35 hours a week or more looking after someone who is getting Attendance Allowance, the Daily Living Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or the middle/highest rate Care Component of Disability Living Allowance.

  • You must be aged 16 or over.
  • You do not need to live in the same house as the person you care for.
  • Carer's Allowance is not means tested and you do not need to have paid National Insurance contributions.
  • You may not be able to get paid Carer's Allowance if you receive certain overlapping benefits but it may still be worth claiming to get underlying entitlement.
  • Payment of, or underlying entitlement to Carer's Allowance gives you entitlement to an extra amount within certain means tested benefits.
  • It can sometimes affect the benefits of the person you look after if you receive Carer's Allowance.
  • You cannot get Carer's Allowance if you earn more than £123 per week after tax/National Insurance or if or if you are in full time education.

How to claim

You can print off and complete a Carer's Allowance Claim Form, phone the Carer's Allowance Unit on 0345 608 4321, email them at cau.customer-services@dwp.gsi.gov.uk or claim online.

How much is Carer's Allowance?

From April 2018, the rate of Carer's Allowance is £66.15 per week.

Carer's Allowance Supplement

Carer's Allowance Supplement (CAS) is an additional payment paid by the Scottish Social Security Agency to those being paid Carer's Allowance. CAS is paid twice a year. There is no application process. The payments will be paid automatically via the same method as your Carer's Allowance.  There are two qualifying dates on which Carer's Allowance must have been paid, further information can be found on the Scottish Government website

Carers benefits

If you have a low income you may be entitled to an additional premium/element or addition in your existing benefit or if you're only in receipt of Carer's Allowance you may be entitled to Universal Credit (UC) and/or Council Tax Reduction.

Get further information about Carer's Allowance such as the overlapping benefit rules, underlying entitlement and the Carer Premium. 

Help with Council Tax

If you live with the person you care for your Council Tax liability may be reduced because:

  • You care for the person (please note no carer disregard can be applied if you care for your spouse/partner).
  • The person you care for has a severe mental impairment.
  • The house you live in has been adapted in a way that would reduce your Council Tax band.

For more information: Difficulty paying your Council Tax

Short breaks for carers

You may also be entitled to some time off from your caring role.

For more information: Short breaks for carers

PKAVS Carer's Hub

PKAVS Carer's Hub can provide information, advice and support to carers on a range of things that may affect you including your rights as a carer, Power of Attorney/Guardianship and more. The Carer's Hub provides support for carers from as young as 8-years-old.

Contact details

Welfare Rights Team

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476900 (Option 1)