If you cannot work or don't earn enough to pay National Insurance contributions (NICs) because you're caring for someone, you may be credited with NICs. Whilst there is no immediate financial benefit, these credits may ultimately help them to improve any future entitlement to a basic State Pension, State Second Pension or any Bereavement Benefits based on your National Insurance record.
You may be able to get Carer's Credit if :
· you provide care for one or more disabled person(s) for a total of 20 hours or more each week
· you are not already getting Carer's Allowance
Each person you care for must receive one of the following:
· Disability Living Allowance care component at middle or high rate
· Attendance Allowance at any rate
· Constant Attendance allowance at any rate
If the person being cared for doesn't receive one of these benefits, Carer’s Credit can still be awarded if you supply a Care Certificate. This will need to be signed by a health or social care professional (HSCP).
If you are a pensioner, you may be able to get Pension Credit.
If you have any questions about Carer’s Credit, contact the Carer’s Allowance Unit: Telephone: 0845 608 4321
Or Carers Connection 01274 323 323 and we’ll help you.