Applying for Carer's Allowance

This guide gives general information only and is not a complete statement of the law.

Backdating your claim date

Most claims for Carer's Allowance can be backdated 3 months. You should claim from the date you began caring for the person for 35 hours a week or more.

If the person you provide care for got their decision letter for 1 of the following benefits in the last 3 months, you can backdate your Carer's Allowance to the start date in the letter:

Personal Independence Payment, Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance or Armed Forces Independence Payment

Backdating longer than 3 months

If the benefit has been backdated for more than 3 months, you can use that date for your Carer's Allowance application. But only if you apply within 3 months of the date on the decision letter to award the benefit. This date will be on the decision letter of the person you provide care for.