Overview

The Increased Carers Allowance may be awarded to a single, married, in civil union, or cohabiting person who is over 18 years of age and is taking care of a relative, with high dependency, living within the same household on a full-time basis.

What you'll get

The Increased Carers Allowance is paid every 4 weeks in advance.

If the applicant for an Increased Carers Allowance was in employment before applying for the allowance, s/he may be entitled for Social Security Contributions credits.

Please click here for a Schedule of Benefit Rates.

Eligibility

• The carer can be either single, married, or cohabiting and is solely taking care of a relative (spouse/partner or parent; brother; sister; grandparent; uncle; aunt; father or mother-in-law or brother or sister-in-law) living within the same household as defined in the Social Security Act (Cap. 318)

• The carer is to be under retirement age

• The provisions of Article 90 of the Social Security Act (Cap. 318) “Duplicate Rights” apply, wherein a beneficiary cannot be in receipt of two pensions; benefits; assistances or allowances concurrently but to the most beneficial pension; benefit; assistance or allowance

• The application for an Increased Carers Allowance is not means tested

• A Multi-Disciplinary Board will decide whether the case in question falls within the medical parameters for payment of this allowance following an assessment based on the Barthel Index or the Mini-Mental State Examination

• A Patient over 85 years will not be reviewed by the Medical Board and will be automatically entitled for the Increased Carers Allowance

• If the carer was in employment before applying for the Increased Carers Allowance s/he is entitled to credits of Social Security Contributions if:
o s/he has paid a total of 156 contributions; and
o s/he has paid or been credited with an average of at least 20 social security contributions per year since attaining his/her 18th birthday

How to apply

Fill in the online form and submit.
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