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Health & Happiness

Can A Family Member Be Paid To Be A Caregiver?

The simple answer is yes; a family member can be paid to be a caregiver. 

There are many different home care services available that can help families in need. These services can provide the much-needed support to allow a family member to continue working and earning an income.

Caregivers can apply for financial support called carer’s allowance, but getting it depends on various factors, including savings and current earnings. Carers can also be assessed for their needs to ensure they can safely undertake their caring role.

Caring is rewarding but hard at times, so carers must look after their physical and mental health. Home care services can help take some of the strain off caregivers, giving them the support they need to continue caring for their loved ones.

How Much Is Carers Allowance?

You may be entitled to a carer’s allowance if you are aged 16 or over, and you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone who is:

The person you care for must be getting one of the following:

  • Attendance Allowance 
  • Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the standard rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit 
  • Disability Living Allowance at the middle or highest rate for personal care 
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment 
  • Personal Independence Payment 
  • Severe Disablement Allowance 

If the person you care for gets any of these benefits and is under 65, they must also have been ill or disabled for at least six months. If they are 65 or over, they must have been sick or disabled for at least three months. These periods do not have to be consecutive.

Entitlement to Carer’s Allowance can affect the amount of some other benefits that you or the person you care for gets. These are called ‘passported benefits.’ 

Carers Allowance Is Taxable

You will only have to pay tax if you have other sources of taxable income, such as occupational or personal pensions or part-time earnings, and if this combined income takes you over the threshold for paying tax. Carer’s allowance on its own is below this threshold.

The amount you can receive depends on your circumstances, but the current rate is £69.70 per week for April 2022 to 2023 and is usually paid every four weeks. To learn more about the carer’s allowance and how to apply, visit the GOV.UK website.

How do I Prove I am A Carer?

You can prove you are a carer in a few different ways. One way is to provide evidence of the care you give, such as medical records, prescriptions, or letters from health professionals. 

You could also offer diary entries or a personal statement detailing the care you provide. Another way to prove you are a carer is to show that your caring commitments impact your life.

These commitments could include evidence of changes to your work or education or problems with your mental or physical health. If you are unsure what proof to provide, you can get advice from your local authority or a Benefits Advice Centre.

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