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If someone claims Carer’s Allowance, they cannot claim contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit and Maternity Allowance.

People also cannot claim if they receive Bereavement or widow’s benefits, or contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.

If the person who is being cared for claims Severe Disability Premium (SDP) then this payment of £69.40 a week could be stopped when Carer’s Allowance has been claimed.

If someone delays claiming their state pension, this could increase the state pension payments they get when you decide to claim it. People cannot build up extra state pension during any period the get Carer’s Allowance.

If people get Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit, they must contact HM Revenue and Customs to tell them about their Carer’s Allowance claim.

Carer’s Allowance is a gateway benefit for many other things.