The Government has extended its measures to allow unpaid carers who receive Carer's Allowance to continue getting the benefit if they have a temporary break in their caring role due to either them or the person they care for self-isolating or being infected with coronavirus.
Carer’s Allowance is a benefit for people who spend at least 35 hours a week providing regular care to someone and are not paid to provide the care. Conditions apply such as you have to be 16 or over and not in full-time education or receive overlapping benefits such as a State Pension.
During the COVID-19 pandemic emotional support can also count towards the 35 hours a week you spend caring for someone who is ill, has a disability or is frail or elderly. The emotional support carers are providing the relatives or people they look after can help manage anxiety and wellbeing.
However, other rules still apply, such as your earnings have to be £123 or less a week after tax, National Insurance and expenses, to qualify for the Allowance.
The measures have been agreed to May 2021.
Roma Mills, our Carers Policy and Engagement Manager, said: “At this time of change and uncertainty it’s important that unpaid carers continue to receive this vital financial support. Many carers rely on it to make ends meet. We welcome the Government’s flexibility with the introduction of these amendments.”
You can get more information about Carer’s Allowance at www.gov.uk/carers-allowance or call 0800 731 0297. National charity Carers UK also has some information about Carer's Allowance and the new measures - Carers UK Carer's Allowance information.