Carer's allowance supplement | CPAG

Carer's allowance supplement

Date: 
12 July 2019

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.

Find out more about carer's allowance on gov.uk.

Payment is made to anyone receiving carer’s allowance on the qualifying date. The qualifying dates and amounts for 2019 are:

  • 15 April 2019; £226.20 (paid June 2019)
  • 14 October 2019; £226.20 (paid December 2019)

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 supplement will still be paid. On the other hand, 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.