Caregiver allowance could impact your state pension and other DWP benefits | Personal finance | Finance

People cannot build up an additional state pension during any period that they receive the care allowance.

Britons can use the Benefits Calculator to determine how their other benefits will be affected.

Who can claim care allowance?
Someone may be eligible for Carer’s Allowance if they, the person they care for and the type of care they provide meet certain criteria.

To be eligible, all of the following must apply to the caregiver:

  • 16 years or older
  • They spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone
  • They have been in England, Scotland or Wales for at least two of the last three years (this does not apply if they are refugees or have humanitarian protection status)
  • They normally live in England, Scotland or Wales, or they live overseas as a member of the armed forces (they may still be eligible if they move or already live in an EEA country or Swiss)
  • They are not in full-time studies
  • They don’t study 21 hours a week or more
  • They are not subject to immigration control
  • Their earnings are £132 or less per week after tax, national insurance and expenses

Families from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein need settlement or pre-settlement status under the EU settlement program to obtain childcare allowance . The deadline to apply for the scheme was June 30, 2021 for most people, but people might still be able to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

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