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What is a carer's allowance?

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According to the U.K. government, a carer's allowance is a stipend given to someone who spends 35 hours a week or more caring for a person with substantial needs. As of 2014, the carer's allowance is 61.35 GBP per week and is considered taxable income.

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Carers are required to be 16 years of age or older. The carer does not have to live with or be related to the person being cared for. In order to qualify for a carer's allowance, the person being cared for must already receive at least one form of qualifying government stipend, such as a disability living allowance, personal independence payment or armed forces independence payment. Carers must be residents of the United Kingdom, not be attending school full-time and earn less than 102 GBP after taxes per week.

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