The UK has entered a new financial year, which will run from April 6, 2020 to April 5, 2021. Some benefits claimants will see their payments increase after the four-year-long benefits freeze finally came to an end today, although Carer’s Allowance was not a part of this freeze.
Some claimants will now see their income increase by 1.7 percent, in line with inflation.
Work and Pensions Minister Will Quince said: “The Government are committed to supporting the most vulnerable in our society.
“In this order, the Government propose to spend an extra £5bn in 2020-21 on increasing benefit and pension rates.
“With this spending, we are upholding our commitment to the country’s pensioners by maintaining the triple lock and helping the poorest pensioners who count on pension credit; spending an additional £1bn on working-age benefits and ensuring that we continue to support working people; and providing essential support to disabled people and carers.”
Is Carer’s Allowance going up in April?
From April 6, Carer’s Allowance will rise 1.7 percent to £67.25 per week.
The payment was £66.15 in the previous fiscal year, which ran from April 6, 2019 to April 5, 2020.
In addition, during the coronavirus pandemic, measures introduced from March 31 allow unpaid carers to continue to claim Carer’s Allowance if they have a temporary break in caring, because they or the person they care for gets coronavirus or if they have to isolate because of it.
How does Carer’s Allowance work?
Carer’s allowance gets you £67.25 a week if you care for someone for a minimum of 35 hours a week.
The person you care for does not have to be a relative or someone you live with.
You will not get paid extra if you care for more than one person.
You can choose to be paid the allowance weekly in advance or every four weeks.
The Carer’s Allowance will be paid into one account, for example your bank account, building society or credit union account.
For each week you get Carer’s Allowance you automatically get National Insurance credits.
If you live in Scotland and get Carer’s Allowance, you may also get Carer’s Allowance Supplement.