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If you have a disability severe enough that you need
someone to help look after you then Attendance Allowance helps with extra
It’s paid at 2 different rates and how much you get depends on the level of
care that you need.
You can get Attendance Allowance if you’re 65 or over and
the following apply:
have a physical disability (including sensory disability, for example
blindness), a mental disability (including learning difficulties), or both
disability is severe enough for you to need help caring for yourself or someone
to supervise you, for your own or someone else’s safety
have needed that help for at least 6 months (unless you’re terminally ill)
Please click on the link below to find out more
0808 808 7777
to Friday, 10am to 4pm
If you need support filling in these forms you can contact
your local citizens advice bureau.
Carer’s Allowance is the main welfare benefit that is
available to help carers.
You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person
you care for.
You won’t be paid extra if you care for more than one
If you think you won’t be eligible to claim Carer’s
Allowance due to having some savings, don’t worry. Your savings and your
National Insurance record won’t make a difference to your claim.
You may be eligible if you:
at least 35 hours a week caring for a disabled person (you don’t have to live
with them or be related to them)
for someone who receives the higher-rate or middle-rate care component of
Disability Living Allowance, either rate of Personal Independence Payment daily
living component, or any rate of Attendance Allowance
not earn more than £120 a week (after deductions)
not in full-time education
If you get the State Pension you won’t be paid any
Carer’s Allowance, but it’s still worth making a claim, because if you’re
eligible then you could be awarded extra Pension Credit or Housing Benefit
If you’re claiming Universal Credit, you may be able to
get an extra amount because of your caring role without actually applying for
Carer’s Allowance. This is known as a carer element.
The Care Act on 1 April 2015 has given family and other informal unpaid
carers the same rights to an assessment and support as the cared for .
Anyone who provides care and feels they might benefit from some support
is entitled to an assessment.
As is the case for an individual receiving care, the local authority
will make a determination as to whether the carer has eligible needs based on a
A carer’s assessment is a way of identifying what effect being a carer
has on you and your life and your needs as a result of this.
An assessment provides you with an opportunity to discuss how things are
for you at the moment and what support you might need.
It will look at how caring affects your life, including your physical,
mental and emotional needs and whether you are able and willing to carry on
It will also help you to get advice, support and information that may
assist you with your caring role.
If the person you care
for gets support from Adult Social Care, any needs you have as a carer should
be taken into account in their assessment (this is called a combined
assessment). If the person you care for
does not want Adult Social Care support, or is not eligible for it, you can
choose to have a separate assessment as a carer.
The following areas should be covered and if any of them aren't
discussed, make sure you raise them yourself if its relevant:
¨ your caring role
¨ your feelings and
choices about caring
¨ your health
¨ your work
¨ other family
¨ what you enjoy doing
planning for emergencies i.e. a contingency plan.
Checklist for preparing for the carer’s assessment
Before the assessment, sit down and think about your role as a carer. As
a carer we adapt to life and caring becomes part of our routine. Be honest
about the effects that caring for your relative has on your life.
Without support, will you struggle to provide the care that your
Do not feel that it is your responsibility to provide all the care that
your relative needs or feel guilty if you cannot do it all.
¨ Will you be able to talk freely if your cared-for relative is present?
¨ Do you want or are you able to carry on caring for your relative?
¨ If you are prepared to continue, is there anything that could make life
¨ Without support is there a risk that you might not be able to continue
caring for your relative?
¨ Do you have any physical or mental health problems, including stress or
depression, that make your role as a
carer more difficult?
¨ Does being a carer affect your relationships with other people,
including family and friends?
¨ If you have a job, does being a carer cause problems?
¨ Would you like more time to yourself so that you can sleep, take a break
or enjoy some leisure activity?
This assessment can be completed in two ways:
This means you are able to complete the form by yourself, or with help
from those who know you best (this could be family members or friends).
for someone in Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch.
advice and support for Dorset carers
What it is
Carer’s Credit is a National Insurance credit that
helps with gaps in your National Insurance record. Your State Pension is based
on your National Insurance record.
You can get it if
look after someone for more than 20 hours a week and you don't get Carer's
If you are aged 16 to 64 and have long term ill-health or
a disability then you may be entitled to Personal Independence Payment.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit for
people who may need help getting around or with daily activities because of a
long-term illness or disability.
PIP has two parts to it – a mobility component and a
daily living component.
To be eligible for PIP you must be aged 16 to 64 and have
a health condition or disability where you:
had difficulties with daily living or getting around (or both) for 3 months
these difficulties to continue for at least 9 months (unless you’re terminally
ill with less than 6 months to live)