Carer’s Allowance


This leaflet explains all you need to know about Carers Allowance. The benefit is intended to provide financial help to someone who regularly spends at least 35 hours a week caring for a severely disabled person.


Caring for someone who has M.E. can cause major financial problems – especially if you have to give up work, or reduce your hours of work, in order to do so.

The main form of state financial assistance that carers may be entitled to is called Carer’s Allowance. The rules are quite complicated, and this leaflet will help you to understand them.

“Carer’s Allowance is intended to provide financial help if you regularly spend at least 35 hours a week caring for a severely disabled person. It doesn’t have to be a relative or partner, and you don’t necessarily have to live with the person you are caring for…”

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.


0344 576 5326

Available every day of the week between these times: 10am - 12noon, 2pm - 4pm and 7pm - 9pm.

Calls cost the same as other standard landline numbers (starting 01 or 02). If you have a call package for your landline or mobile phone then calls will normally come out of your inclusive minutes.