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Increase in Carer’s Allowance earnings limit and extra help for claimants in Scotland

Monday 9th April 2018

Carer's Allowance is the main benefit for carers. However, if you are a working carer, you cannot receive this benefit if your earnings are more than a set amount. This is known as the 'earnings limit'.

From this week the earnings limit is being increased from £116 to £120 per week. This means that you can work and still get Carer's Allowance so long as you earn no more £120 per week after deductions.

For more information about how you qualify for Carer's Allowance and the types of expenses that can be deducted from your earnings, download our free factsheet.

The weekly amount that Carer's Allowance is paid at is also increasing slightly. From this week you should see your payments go up from £62.70 to £64.60 per week.

Extra help for claimants in Scotland

In Scotland people on Carer's Allowance should start receiving extra help this year.

The Scottish government has promised to increase payments to those on Carer's Allowance in Scotland so that they receive the equivalent of £73.10 per week. However, for the meantime carers in Scotland will receive the same weekly payment of £64.60 as everyone else, with the extra money being made up by an additional lump sum payment from the Scottish government every six months.

The Scottish government has also confirmed that these supplementary lump sum payments will not be clawed back from any other means-tested benefits or tax credits you get.

The first of these supplementary lump sum payments is not expected to be made until the summer but it will be backdated to April.