The main state benefit that some Carers can claim is Carer's Allowance.
This allowance is for people who regularly spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone with a disability who receives a Disability Living Allowance (Middle or Higher Rate for Personal Care), Attendance Allowance or Constant Attendance Allowance (paid as an addition to a War Disablement Pension or industrial disablement benefit).
Carers must not be in full time education or earning above a certain amount. Dependents additions may be payable. It is taxable.
Who qualifies for a Carer's Allowance?
You must be 16 years old or over
You must look after someone for at least 35 hours a week
The person you look after must receive a qualifying disability benefit
If you work you must not earn more than £110 a week net pay, although this figure is revised every April, so be sure to check (see relevant links below).
You must be living in the UK when you claim Carer's Allowance
You must not be a full-time student. This is defined as supervised studying for 21 or more hours per week.
How much is Carer's Allowance?
Carer's Allowance is paid at a standard rate, currently set at £62.10 a week.
Other Important Information
Make Sure: to check with the person you are caring for before you make a claim for Carer's Allowance since they may lose some of the benefit they receive, such as a severe disability addition, as a result of the Carer's Allowance claim. This is only if the disabled person lives on their own and does not include underlying entitlement awards of Carer's Allowance.
Underlying Entitlement: You cannot receive Carer's Allowance and a State Retirement Pension. If however you are a carer who would qualify for Carers Allowance, you may be entitled to what is known as Underlying Entitlement, which may entitle you to the same benefits that your retirement pension does.
For more information about the Carer's Allowance visit:
Your local Carers' Centre
Your local Citizens Advice Bureau
CAB's online advice guide
You can also claim online via the GOV UK site.