Carers and Pension
Caring for someone can have a devastating impact on Carers’ longer term pension and Carers need to be aware of their pensions as a result. To be eligible to receive a full basic State Pension, a person must have made a certain amount of National Insurance (NI) contributions towards it throughout their working life. If a person is unable to do this because they are caring for children or for a disabled, ill or frail adult, then the state will credit their contributions. However, this only happens if they claim the right benefits and take the right action.
For more information visit:
For advice and information on all aspects of caring contact:
Carers UK’s Adviceline on:
freephone 0808 808 7777 (Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-12pm and 2pm - 4pm) or
Other financial support
Looking after Someone, a complete guide to carers’ rights and benefits, is available from:
Carers UK Tel: 020 7378 4999
Carers UK’s helpline - speak to an advisor for a full benefits check by ringing the
Helpline on 0808 808 7777
Age Cymru has a huge amount of information on financial support for older people.
Call their free helpline on 08000 223444 or visit
The Pensions Advisory Service is an independent non-profit organisation that provides free information, advice and guidance on the whole spectrum of pensions, including state, company, personal and stakeholder schemes.
Call 0845 601 2923 or
Directgov is an excellent online source of information on benefits and pensions
Carers Direct also provides information on carers’ pensions and other aspects of caring:
Contact a Family Specialist Benefit Adviser
Tel: 0808 808 3555