If you want to claim as independent because you’re turning 22, you can submit your claim up to 13 weeks before your birthday.
If you claim early, you can start getting the independent rate as soon as you turn 22.
You must provide 35 hours of care for every week you claim Carer’s Allowance (the 35 hours can be at any time of the day or night).
For Carer’s Allowance, a week runs from Sunday to Saturday.
To keep getting Carer Allowance you must both continue to be Australian residents. You must be giving additional daily care and attention to someone because they: You may be able to get Carer Allowance for more than 1 person you provide care for.
There’s no income or assets tests for Carer Allowance.
For more information, contact the Disability Rights UK Disabled Students Helpline on 08 or email [email protected]
The amount you get will depend on two things: whether you can get contributory and/or income-related Employment and Support Allowance, and the outcome of the work capability assessment.
Carer's Allowance is paid at £62.70 a week (2017/18 rate).
The amount paid is reviewed each year in April, but isn’t necessarily increased.
On this page: Universal credit is a means-tested benefit that will eventually replace most means-tested benefits, including income-related ESA. Whether you can claim income-related ESA or Universal Credit depends on your circumstances and where you live.