Carers allowance backdating payment
It’s taxable, and it counts as income if you’re applying for tax credits or other benefits that are based on how much income you have (means-tested benefits).If someone else gets Carer’s Allowance to look after the same person you care for, you can't also get it.You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you’re caring for.
This will remove inequities in the current arrangements and avoid confusion about the different backdating rules that currently exist.Current assessment methods are based on functional ability or care needs. As a result, eligibility for Carer Allowance can be established quickly, which removes the need for long backdating periods. Once you claim Carer’s Allowance you may be offered the option of attending a voluntary work-focussed interview to discuss work options.You don't have to go to this interview if you don't want to.