Carers Allowance

Caring can be fulfilling but it can also be exhausting and stressful, and being a carer it can significantly affect your finances. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a carer, Carer’s Allowance could help you.

There are over 7.3m Carers in the UK

Only 1 in 10 carers recognise their caring role, they spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone older, disabled or seriously ill.

If you’re a carer or think you might know someone who is, a little help may be here with ECO3.

ECO3 is a Government initiative to reduce carbon emissions from the homes of Carers receiving Carer's Allowance. Helping them to massively cuts their heating costs.

Call the Carer's Allowance Unit on 0800 731 0297 (textphone: 0800 731 0317) or visit GOV.UK to download a claim form or make a claim online.

Who can get carers allowance?

If you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone older, disabled or seriously ill you could qualify for Carers allowance.

Would I qualify for ECO3 grants if I get carers allowance?

Yes, carers allowance is one of the qualifying benefits of ECO3

If I qualify for a new boiler with carers allowance, is it means tested?

No, just being in receipt of carers allowance would be sufficient to qualify.

Carer's Allowance advice from Turn2Us


You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for to get Carer’s Allowance. You can qualify for Carer’s Allowance whether you are in or out of work, but you must not earn more than £123 a week. Carer’s Allowance does not depend on national insurance contributions and is not means-tested – in other words not based on your income or savings – but earnings may affect your entitlement.

Carer’s Allowance usually counts in full as income when calculating your entitlement for means-tested benefits. If you get Carer’s Allowance (or are entitled to it but do not get it because of Overlapping Benefit Rules) you will also get a Carer’s Premium/ Additional amount included in your means-tested benefit ( Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit and Housing Benefit).

Before you claim Carer's Allowance, you should check with the person you are caring for, as it may affect some of the benefits they receive if you are successful.