Who pays it?
Preston PR1 1HB
Tel: 01253 856 123
Which leaflet? And how is it claimed?
DS700 – Claim pack includes information and application form. Obtain from CA Unit or Benefits Enquiry Line 0845 608 4321or online or 0845 604 5312 for people with speech or hearing difficulties
What are the age limits?
From 16 years. No upper limit.
National Insurance based?
No (but there is an £100 p.w. net earnings limit for claimant).
Is it taxable?
Increases for dependants?
Payment for adult dependant of £31.70 per week but only if dependant has no other benefit income higher than that amount, which is unlikely. No increase for children – claimants to claim CTC instead.
Points to watch
CA is been payable to people aged over 65 – for many pensioners, there will be no obvious gain as CA is less than their retirement pension. However, an application which only fails on that basis gives ‘underlying entitlement’ to CA which leads to a carers premium within housing and council tax benefit and extra pension credit. Gives a Class 1 NI credit. Beware overlap between CA award and severe disability premium paid to disabled person.
You can view details of benefit amounts on the Community Care Inform website
The A-Z of Benefits 2009 was compiled by Gary Vaux and Community Care Inform