Carer’s Credit was introduced on April 6th 2010. It is a National Insurance credit which helps carers build up qualifying years for the basic State Pension and additional State Pension.
To qualify for Carer’s Credit you must care for one or more disabled people for a total of 20 hours or more per week. Each person you care for must receive one of the following:
- Disability Living Allowance care component at the middle or highest rate
- Attendance Allowance at any rate
- Constant Attendance Allowance at any rate
If the person being cared for does not receive one of these benefits, Carer’s Credit can still be awarded if you supply a Care Certificate. This will need to be signed by a health or social care professional (HSCP). A Care Certificate is supplied with each application pack.
Find out more about Carer's Credit, including who is eligible and who to contact, by downloading the application pack below.
The application pack contains:
- the form
- detailed notes on who is eligible and what you need to do
- a Care Certificate
If you have any questions about Carer’s Credit, contact the Carer’s Allowance Unit:
Telephone: 0845 608 4321
Textphone: 0845 604 5312