Check if you are eligible for this payment before you start your claim.
You should talk to your employer at least 10 weeks before your child's due date, or date of adoption.
You can still make the claim for Carer's Allowance, but should think carefully about the implications before you do.
Getting Carer's Allowance can mean you're entitled to, or can get more, top-up benefits.
For more information on what benefits you're entitled to, try the entitled to benefits calculator.
Read on, or click on the links below for more information: Carer's Allowance can usually only be backdated for a maximum of three months if you claim it within three months of a decision to award a qualifying benefit to the person you care for.
You cannot average out your hours over a number of weeks.
However you are allowed certain breaks in care (you can see more information on breaks in care here).
You can start your claim for Parental Leave Pay up to 3 months before your child’s expected date of birth or adoption.
You must specifically request that your Carer's Allowance claim is backdated, and you must have satisfied all the rules for claiming Carer's Allowance during the backdating period.
You can also challenge a decision not to backdate Carer's Allowance if your request is refused.
If they are able to work or are signing on then the equivalent benefit is Income Based Jobseekers Allowancewhich is worked out in much the same way as Income Support. How to qualify for Income Support The applicant must be1 living and resident in the U.
K.2 be 16 or over and under Pension Age3 not be doing 16 or more hours of paid work, per week, (if you have a partner then they must not be doing 24 hours or more paid work per week) there are many people who are allowed to work over these hours and remain entitled to Income Support, Carers, Disabled, Childminders, etc seek advice.4 not be in full-time education, again many exceptions to this rule, e.g.