Carer premium is an extra payment of up to £42.75 (2023/24) a week.
It can sometimes be added into the calculation of other benefits you might get on top of your Carer’s Allowance. These can include:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Council Tax Reduction (Rate Relief in Northern Ireland).
The carer element is an equivalent amount paid with Universal Credit.
If you already get any of these benefits, it’s important to let the relevant benefits office know that you’ve been awarded Carer’s Allowance. This is so they can add the carer premium to your payment.
You’ll find their contact details on any letters they’ve sent you.
If you have only just heard about carer premium and already get Carer’s Allowance, benefit payments can sometimes be backdated.
These benefits are means tested, so whether you qualify will depend on your income and savings.