Claiming Carers allowance

Hello All, My husband had a stroke last year and I have been his carer since August 2021. I am looking into carers allowance but I earn £540.00 a month - with no income tax to pay. I don’t currently pay into a pension - should I and if so what would be the amount I would need to pay to qualify for the allowance?

Also with regards to care costs and things I pay for for my job - what sort of things would these mean?
Thank you for any help in advance. I am useless at filling out these forms!

Thank you


Welcome to the forum.

I would suggest a confidential chat with our Carers UK helplilne.

Dear Victoria

I would suggest you get in touch with our Carers UK’s helpline who would be able to support and adivse you. They can be contacted on 0808 808 7777 from Monday to Friday, 9am – 6pm or you can contact us by email (

They can also help provide support and guidance on:

  • Benefits and financial support
  • Your rights as a carer in the workplace
  • Carers’ assessments and how to get support in your caring role
  • Services available to carers and the people you care for
  • How to complain effectively and challenge decisions.

with kind regards

Hi Victoria

The earnings limit for Carers Allowance has just gone up from £128 a week net to £132 a week net. If your wages are paid per calendar month, you’re comfortably inside the limit on £124.61 a week net. Or just outside at £135 a week if it’s every 4 weeks.