Carers can now apply for Carer’s Allowance online

The new online Carer’s Allowance application system has launched today, in a move that is already transforming the lives of thousands of carers across the country.

Carer’s Allowance is a benefit for people who are looking after someone with substantial caring needs. 240,000 people in the UK claim the allowance each year, and until now, they were forced to do this via the post or by using an outdated online system which was difficult to complete and had low take-up.

In partnership with the Cabinet Office’s Government Digital Service, the Department for Work and Pensions has launched a new digital service simplifying the process for busy carers. It has been built around the needs of the users and means that people who are caring full-time are able to apply for their benefit at a time and in a way that suits them. One of the many improvements for applicants is a new way of verifying that the person they care for understands the claim – removing the need for them to sign a paper declaration.

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