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Increased Carer’s Allowance

Overview

The Increased Carer’s Allowance may be awarded to a single, married, in civil union, or cohabiting person who is over 18 years of age and is taking care of a relative, with high dependency, living within the same household on a full-time basis.

What you’ll get

The Increased Carer’s Allowance is paid every 4 weeks in advance.

If the applicant for an Increased Carer’s Allowance was in employment before applying for the allowance, s/he may be entitled for Social Security Contributions credits.

Please click here for a Schedule of Benefits Rates.

Eligibility

General eligibility criteria:

  • The carer can be either a single, married, in civil union, or cohabiting person and is solely taking care of a relative (spouse/partner or parent; brother; sister; grandparent; uncle; aunt; father or mother-in-law or brother or sister-in-law) living within the same household as defined in the Social Security Act (Cap. 318.)
  • The carer is to be under retirement age
  • If the carer has reached retirement age he/she can apply for these Allowances if he/she is caring on a full-time and regular basis for his/her parent, brother, sister, grandmother, uncle, aunt, father-in-law or mother-in-law or his/her brother-in-law or sister-in-law and living in the same household of that person. In these cases, the carer is medically assessed by the multi-disciplinary board and must sit for medical board scrutiny on a regular basis (annually).
  • The provisions of Article 90 of the Social Security Act (Cap. 318.) Duplicate Rights apply, wherein a beneficiary cannot be in receipt of two pensions; benefits; assistances or allowances concurrently but to the most beneficial pension; benefit; assistance or allowance
  • The application for an Increased Carer’s Allowance is not means tested
  • A Multi-Disciplinary Board will decide whether the case in question falls within the medical parameters for payment of this allowance following an assessment based on the Barthel Index or the Mini-Mental State Examination
  • A Patient over 85 years will not be reviewed by the Medical Board and will be automatically entitled for the Increased Carer’s Allowance
  • If the carer was in employment before applying for the Increased Carer’s Allowance s/he is entitled to credits of Social Security Contributions if:
    • s/he has paid a total of 156 contributions; and
    • s/he has paid or been credited with an average of at least 20 social security contributions per year since attaining his/her 18th birthday

Documentation required

General documentation:

  • Click here to download the Medical Report of patient filled in by a Medical Doctor
  • Copy of ID Card of patient and carer

How to apply

Fill in and submit the application online.