Carers allowance - on a career break

Hi - hoping you will be able to advise.
I currently work full time and care for my elderly mum who doesn’t live with me.
I’m looking into taking a 6 month career break next year when my current role finishes - as I’m exhausted
I would still be employed but the break would be unpaid.
From my employer’s perspective I can claim carers allowance.
As I wouldn’t be earning anything - I presume that this is ok as far as carers allowance is concerned?

Many thanks

Hi Jenni,

Welcome to the forum.

There is info here Carer's Allowance | Carers UK
that explains the criteria for qualifying for carers allowance.

I suggest you contact the helpline for further advice

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