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Carer’s Allowance in Northern Ireland

You may be eligible for Carer’s Allowance if you are aged 16 or over and you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone who is ill or has a disability.

Source: NI Direct

The information about Carer’s Allowance on the NI Direct website is under the following headings:

Who can get Carer’s Allowance?

You need to be caring for somebody who is getting one of the following benefits:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance at the middle or highest rate for personal care
  • Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the normal maximum rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, or basic (full day) rate with a War Disablement Pension

If someone else is also looking after the same person, only one of you can get Carer’s Allowance. If you are caring for more than one person with disabilities, you cannot add together the hours you do.

Carer’s Allowance can be claimed by more than one person in a household, such as a couple caring for each other. Carer’s Allowance is not affected by any savings you may have.

Cross-border issues

Under certain circumstances, Carer’s Allowance may be paid to people who leave Northern Ireland to live elsewhere in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
Please visit NI Direct  Disability Living Allowance – introduction

See also:

Page last checked: February 2016

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