If you and/or your partner care for a severely disabled adult or severely disabled child for 35 hours a week or more, and you are eligible for Universal Credit, you may qualify for extra money called the Carer element. The severely disabled person doesn't have to be living with you but must be getting one of the following:
These requirements are also known as the Carer Test. If you meet them, you will be in the no work-related requirements group.
If you don't meet them, your Claimant Commitment may still be adjusted to show the caring responsibilities you have.
If the person you care for stops getting one of the above benefits you will no longer get the Carer element.
You can only get one Carer element even if you are caring for more than one person.
As well as providing support for you as a carer, Universal Credit gives you the opportunity to combine your caring responsibilities with work.
You can combine caring with paid work and continue to receive the Carer element of Universal Credit.
Carer's Allowance is a separate benefit from Universal Credit. You don't need to be getting Carer's Allowance to get the Carer element of Universal Credit.
If you are waiting for a decision or payment on a claim for Carer's Allowance you can still get the Carer element. You may not get the Carer element if your claim for Carer's Allowance is refused.
Carer's Allowance will be taken fully into account (in other words each £1 of Carer's Allowance will reduce your Universal Credit payment by £1) when working out your Universal Credit.
If your Carer's Allowance stops because you are working and earning over £116 a week, you may still get the Carer element.
To get the Carer element you will need to report the following information about your caring responsibilities, for example:
You can do this by phoning Universal Credit team on 0345 6000 723.
There are other rules about what happens if you: