Can you get child care allowance if you work? Almost half a million people do not benefit from DWP | Personal finance | Finance

Care allowance is paid by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to people who look after someone for 35 hours a week or more. However, hundreds of thousands of Britons who are looking after someone lose £1.5billion in benefits every year, according to national charity Turn2us.

Every year, £15billion is lost in unclaimed benefits, and a significant part of that loss is due to unclaimed Carer’s Allowance.

One of the reasons people might not claim the state benefits to which they are entitled is that they don’t think they will be eligible for additional financial assistance to help them cope with the surge in coronavirus. Cost of life.

Some benefits such as Carer’s Allowance are available to working people as long as they earn below the threshold which is £128 per week after deductions and expenses.

To apply for child care allowance, people must meet the following criteria.

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In total, millions of people are deprived of Caregiver Allowance, Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and Attendant Allowance.

Even if the amount they receive in benefits is minimal, it could open the door to other benefits such as free prescriptions and help paying energy bills.

PIP payments are for UK residents who live with a medical condition or disability and are paid by the DWP.

The amount of PIP a person receives depends on how much their condition affects their ability to carry out daily tasks, but can be as high as £608 per month.

At the same time, the assistance allowance is paid to people who have reached retirement age and who need care due to a physical or mental disability.

Nearly three and a half million (3.4) million pensioners do not benefit from the assistance allowance which could help them meet the additional costs linked to disability.

Depending on the level of care required, claimants could receive £60 or £89.60 per week to help with their care.

In April, state benefits such as care allowance will increase by 3.1% to bring them in line with inflation.

This means carers will receive an extra £2.10 each week from the DWP, as their weekly pay will rise from £67.60 to £69.70.

However, campaigners such as Turn2Us, a poverty charity, are concerned carers are not being paid enough.

Helen Walker, chief executive of Carers UK, said: ‘Despite the rise carers are still losing working hours year on year as the increases have not kept pace with the National Living Wage or wage increases Medium.”

To apply for further government support, people can go to Gov.uk where there is a handy benefits calculator.

Maria D. Ervin