Benefit rates for disability benefits and premiums, Carer’s Allowance, and all carer’s elements and premiums will increase in April 2018. All other benefit rates have been frozen. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have outlined the proposed changes to benefit rates in full.

Details of other benefit changes may be seen here on the Turn2Us website:

Please note: A Carers Allowance is NOT the same as a Carers Assessment 

A Carer's Assessment is a chance to discuss your needs with your local council.  The assessment is free and your local council will use it to decide what support to give you and that may include a discretionary personal budget that is not means tested.

What is Carer's Allowance? (Source: Turn2Us website)

Carer's Allowance is money for people who spend at least 35 hours a week providing regular care to someone who has a disability.

The person you care for must be getting a relevant benefit  because of their disability,which in some cases has to be paid at a certain rate.

Carer's Allowance (CA) is paid at £62.70 a week. The amount paid is usually increased each April.

You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for to get Carer’s Allowance.

You can qualify for Carer’s Allowance whether you are in or out of work, but you must not earn more than £116 a week.

Carer’s Allowance does not depend on national insurance contributions and is not means-tested – in other words not based on your personal income or savings – but earnings may affect your entitlement.

Carer’s Allowance usually counts in full as income when calculating your entitlement  for means tested benefits.

If you get Carer’s Allowance (or are entitled to it but do not get it because of Overlapping Benefit Rules) you will also get a Carer’s Premium/ Additional amount included in your means-tested benefit ( Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income –related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit and Housing Benefit)
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern IrelandAge rules: You must be over 16Type of benefit: Non means tested (but you mustn't earn over £116 per week)Taxable: YesAdministered by: Carer’s Allowance Unit, Department for Work and Pensions