The Government website lists expenses to include:
- 50 percent of their pension contributions
- Equipment needed to do a job, such as specialist clothing
- Travel costs between different workplaces that are not paid for by the employer, such as fuel or train fares
- Business costs if someone is self-employed, such as a computer they only use for work.
Claimants can also be eligible if they live abroad as a member of the armed forces, or are already in or moving to an EEA country or Switzerland.
It should be noted that this is a taxable payment and can affect other benefits claimants might already be receiving.
How might claiming Carer’s Allowance impact the person being cared for?
When a person receives Carer’s Allowance, the person they care for will usually stop receiving the severe disability premium paid with their benefits, as well as the extra amount for severe disability paid with pension credit. It may also stop them from getting reduced council tax.
To check the impact that Carer’s Allowance might have on the severe disability payment, claimants are advised to contact whoever pays this benefit, which is usually the person’s local council, Jobcentre Plus, the Pension Service Helpline, or Universal Credit.