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On its website, Carer’s UK said: “This can be financially beneficial as it can increase any means-tested benefits you are currently getting, or it could mean that you become entitled to means-tested benefits for the first time, depending on your and any partner’s income and capital.

“This is because having the underlying entitlement to Carer’s Allowance means that an amount called the Carer Addition will be included when working out whether you are entitled to means-tested benefits.”

To claim Carer’s Allowance, people must care for someone for at least 35 hours a week before putting in a claim.

They must also be aged 16 or over and not in full time education, and they must not be earning any more than £132 a week from employment or being self-employed.