From 6 April 2010 a new Carers Credit is being introduced. It is a National Insurance Credit designed to help build up a State Pension for certain carers. It is not a benefit payment.
Carers can claim for this new Credit if they spend at least 20 hours per week caring for a person who receives middle or highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance, any rate of Attendance Allowance or Constant Attendance Allowance. The disabled person must be certified by a health or social care professional as needing the level of care being provided.
Carers who receive Income Support because they are substantially engaged in caring will be automatically receive credits, but other clients must claim by obtaining form CC1 from the Carers Allowance Unit or downloaded from the directgov website from 6 April 2010.