Carer's allowance supplement - more information

You must be receiving carer’s allowance to qualify for the carer’s allowance supplement. If you only have underlying entitlement to carer’s allowance, or you get a carer element in your universal credit but do not get carer’s allowance itself, you are not eligible for the carer’s allowance supplement.

If you get a carer element in your universal credit you should claim carer’s allowance in order to get a carer’s allowance supplement (subject to being in receipt of carer’s allowance on the qualifying date). However, if your earnings are too high to get carer’s allowance, then you cannot do this.

Payment is made to anyone receiving carer’s allowance on the qualifying date. The first qualifying date is 16 April 2018. People getting carer’s allowance on this date will be paid the carer’s allowance supplement of £221 between mid-September and mid-October 2018. The next qualifying date is 15 October 2018 for the second £221 payment for 2018/19.

You only have to be receiving carer’s allowance on the qualifying date to get the carer’s allowance supplement – ie, you do not have to get carer’s allowance for the whole six-month period that the supplement covers. The full £221 supplement will still be paid. Conversely, if you get carer’s allowance for most of the six-month period, but not on the qualifying date, you will get no carer’s allowance supplement for that period.

If you do not get carer’s allowance on the qualifying date, but are later awarded carer’s allowance which is backdated to cover that date, you can get the carer’s allowance supplement for that period.

Note that the carer's allowance supplement is disregarded for means-tested benefits and tax credits. The additional payments will therefore not reduce other benefits that you receive.