About carer's allowance supplement: who can get it, how much it is and how it is paid.
You must be receiving carer’s allowance (CA) or carer support payment (CSP) to qualify for the carer’s allowance supplement. If you only have underlying entitlement to CA or CSP, or you get a carer element in your universal credit but do not get CA or CSP itself, you are not eligible for the carer’s allowance supplement.
If you get a carer element in your universal credit you should claim CA or CSP in order to get a carer’s allowance supplement (subject to being in receipt of CA or CSP on the qualifying date). However, if your earnings are too high to get CA or CSP, then you cannot do this.
The carer's allowance supplement amount for each payment in 2023 is £270.50.
Payment is made to anyone receiving carer’s allowance (CA) or carer support payment (CSP) on the qualifying date. The qualifying dates for 2023 are:
You only have to be receiving CA or CSP on the qualifying date to get the carer’s allowance supplement – ie, you do not have to get CA or CSP for the whole six-month period that the supplement covers. The full supplement will still be paid. On the other hand, if you get CA or CSP 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 CA or CSP on the qualifying date, but are later awarded CA or CSP 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.