Carer’s Allowance during the Coronavirus outbreak

Monday 6 April 2020

The government has changed the Carer’s Allowance rules during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Carer’s Allowance is the main benefit for carers. You qualify for Carer’s Allowance if you provide at least 35 hours of care per week and your child is on the care component of Disability Living Allowance at the middle or highest rate or if they get the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment

During the Coronavirus outbreak the government has said that a break in caring can be ignored if it is caused by either the disabled person or their carer having Coronavirus symptoms. 

Alongside this, the charity Carers UK say that they have been told by the Department for Work and Pensions that emotional support, such as that provided by telephone or social media, will count as care in assessing if a carer is providing at least 35 hours per week care.

This is likely to help those carers who don’t share a household with the person that they look after and who may have reduced physical contact during the current outbreak.

Parents campaigning to increase Carer’s Allowance

Last week a parent launched a campaign, calling on the government to increase Carer’s Allowance during the crisis.

Rachel Adam-Smith is crowdfunding to mount a legal challenge, as she believes the failure to increase Carer’s Allowance in line with other benefit increases and financial support available during the crisis could be unlawful.

Contact supports Rachel’s campaign. We are calling for a better package of financial support for parent carers to help offset the economic and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic.