Help with Benefits
Carers Allowance is the main benefit for carers. If you are looking after someone for more than 35 hours a week you may be eligible. Carers Allowance is not means tested.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
If you have a long term illness or disability – physical and/or mental – and you aged between 16 and 64 years old then you may be entitled to Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
The PIP form can be long and complex, so take you time to complete the claim form. Alternatively, Hillingdon Carers can assist you with completing the form, this can be done by appointment only. For further information on how to arrange an appointment please click on the following link: Hillingdon Carers Appointment
Attendance Allowance is a benefit that helps with the extra costs of long-term illness or disability, which can be either physical and/or mental. It is for people ages 65 and over.
Disability Living Allowance
If you are looking after a child with a health condition or disability who is under the age of 16 years then they may be entitled to Disability Living Allowance (DLA). This can help towards the extra costs of bringing up a disabled child.
Benefits for Carers who are Working Age
If you are a carers of working age, there may be benefits you can claim in addition to (or instead of) Carer’s Allowance.
Benefits for Carers who are Pension Age
Most carers who are pension age will be receiving a State Pension. There might be other benefits you can claim as a carers who is pension age.
Carers UK also have useful links for advice on housing benefit, bedroom tax, challenging benefit decision, challenging a ‘bedroom tax’ decision, universal credit, tax credits and child benefit and work focused interview/work related activities.