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Guide to financial support

As a carer you may be able to claim several benefits, and receiving one can mean you qualify for others.

Carer's allowance

This benefit for carers is only available under certain circumstances. You must spend at least 35 hours a week caring for a person who receives either Attendance Allowance or Disability Allowance at middle rate or highest rate. If you are working or receiving certain other benefits you may not be able to have both. For detailed rules and an online claim form please visit the DirectGov website.


Other benefits

Carers should also be entitled to other benefits from the government too, such as

  • Council tax help
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Income Support or Pension Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Disability and Living Allowance
  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Help with health costs
  • Social Fund
  • Housing Benefit

Help with claiming

If you are not sure which benefits you are entitled to, or need help then please contact

Carers Leeds   0113 2468338

Citizens Advice Bureau 0844 477 4788 and local offices

Leeds City Council Welfare Benefits Service  0113 3760452