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Carer’s Allowance in Ireland

Carer’s Allowance is a means tested payment to people living in Ireland who are looking after someone who is in need of support because of age, physical or learning disability or illness, including mental illness.

Carer’s Allowance is a payment to people on low incomes who are looking after a person who needs support because of age, physical/learning disability or illness (including mental illness).

The Carer’s Allowance is not payable to everyone, it is mainly aimed at carers on low incomes who live with and look after certain people who need full-time care and attention.

You may also qualify for free household benefits (such as Free Electricity/Natural Gas/Bottled Gas Refill Allowance, Free Television Licence, Free Telephone Rental Allowance) and a Free Travel Pass.

Carer’s Allowance is not taken into account in the assessment for a medical card.

For further information please visit the Department of Social Protection website – Carers

Cross-border issues

If you move to Northern Ireland you will no longer be eligible for Carer’s Allowance, this benefit is based on residency it cannot be exported across the border.

Where to apply

Carer’s Allowance Section
Department of Social Protection
Social Welfare Services Office
Government Buildings
Ballinalee Road
Tel:(043) 334 0000

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Page last checked: February 2016

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