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You must be receiving Carers Allowance to qualify for the Carers Allowance Supplement. If you only have underlying entitlement to Carers Allowance, or you get a carer element in your Universal Credit but do not get Carers Allowance itself, you are not eligible for the Carers Allowance Supplement.
If you get a carer element in your Universal Credit you should claim Carers Allowance in order to get a Carers Allowance Supplement (subject to being in receipt of Carers Allowance on the qualifying date). However, if your earnings are too high to get Carers Allowance, then you cannot do this.
Find out more about Carer’s Allowance on gov.uk.
Payment is made to anyone receiving Carers Allowance on the qualifying date. The qualifying dates and amounts for 2020 are:
- 13 April 2020; 230.10 (paid June 2020)
- 12 October 2020; 230.10 (paid December 2020)
You only have to be receiving Carers Allowance on the qualifying date to get the Carers Allowance Supplement ie, you do not have to get Carers Allowance for the whole six-month period that the supplement covers. The full supplement will still be paid. On the other hand, if you get Carers Allowance for most of the six-month period, but not on the qualifying date, you will get no Carers Allowance Supplement for that period.
If you do not get Carers Allowance on the qualifying date, but are later awarded Carers Allowance which is backdated to cover that date, you can get the Carers Allowance Supplement for that period.
Note that the Carer’s Allowance Supplement is disregarded for means-tested benefits and Tax Credits. The additional payments will therefore not reduce other benefits that you receive.