Increased Carers Allowance and Carers Allowance

Overview

 
These allowances are given to persons over 18 years of age that are taking care of a relative living within the same household on a full-time basis. The Department of Social Security, offers two types of Allowances for carers:
  • Increased Carers Allowance
  • Carers Allowance
 
Both of these allowances carry different rates and eligibility criteria.
 

Eligibility

 
Increased Carers Allowance
  • The carer can be single or married and is solely taking care of a relative (spouse/parent/brother/sister/grandparent/uncle/aunt/father or mother-in-law/brother or sister-in-law) living within the same household as defined in the Social Security Act.
  • The carer is to be under retirement age as defined in Article 2 of the Social Security Act.
  • The provisions of Article 90 of the Social Security Act (Cap 318) “Duplicate Rights” apply.
  • The carer is entitled to credits of  Social Security contributions if he/she has paid a total of 156 contributions and has paid or been  credited with an average of at least 20 contributions per annum since attaining his/her 18th birthday.
  • Applicants are not subjected to means testing.
  • The Multi Disciplinary Board will decide whether the case in question falls within the medical parameters for payment of this allowance following an assessment of the Barthel Index or the Mini-Mental State Examination.
 
Carers Allowance
  • The carer is to be a single person solely taking care of a relative (parent/brother/sister/grandparent/uncle/aunt/father/mother or father-in-law/brother or sister-in-law) living within the same household as defined in the Social Security Act.
  • The carer is to be under retirement age as defined in Article 2 of the Social Security Act.
  • The provisions of Article 90 of the Social Security Act (Cap 318) “Duplicate Rights” apply.
  • The carer is entitled to  credits of  Social Security contributions if he/she has paid a total of 156 contributions and has paid or been credited with an average of at least 20 contributions per annum since attaining his/her 18th birthday.
  • The CRA is means tested on the same lines of current legislation.
  • The Multi Disciplinary Board will decide whether the case in question falls within the medical parameters for payment of this allowance following an assessment of the Barthel Index or the Mini-Mental State Examination..
 

Documents Required

 
A signed copy of the application form which is available for download. Section 3 of the application is to be filled in by the Medical Doctor following the measurement of the Barthel Index or the Mini-Mental State Examination.
 

Payments

 
Payments for the allowances mentioned above are issued every four weeks in advance. Should you wish to know the precise day the payment will be issued, please refer to our Payment Dates section by clicking here.

Alternatively, the benefit rates payable can be viewed by accessing our Benefit Payment Rates page.
 

How to Apply

 
You can also call at any Social Security Office (view list here) and apply there.
 
Alternatively, you can download a copy of the form by visiting our Application Form page.