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If you’re entitled to Carer’s Allowance and some other means-tested benefits, you may also be able to receive the carer premium. This is an extra payment given on top of your other benefits.

What is Carer Premium?

The carer premium is an extra payment you can get if you’re caring for someone and receiving certain benefits.

Who is eligible for Carer premium?

To get the carer premium you need to be claiming one of these benefits:

  • Income related employment and support allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support
  • Council tax support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit

You also need to be entitled to Carers Allowance. You don’t need to be actually receiving Carer’s Allowance, but you need to meet the eligibility criteria.  As long as you have an underlying entitlement to Carer’s Allowance, you can receive the carer premium. Turn2us has more information about underlying entitlement to Carer’s Allowance.

The carer premium is sometimes known as other things. It’s called the carer addition when it’s added to Pension Credit, and it’s known as the carer amount or carer element when it’s added to Universal Credit.

How do I get Carer Premium?

You don’t have to do anything in order to get the carer premium. If you get carers allowance, or meet the eligibility criteria for it, it will be added on automatically by the relevant government department.

If the person you look after gets the severe disability premium included in their means-tested benefit, this severe disability premium may stop if you claim Carer’s Allowance. 

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