Can my son claim carers allowance for me?

All about money

My son is 16 years old and in full time education, as all 16 year olds now have to be.
He cares for me from 3:30pm when he gets home from school and at weekends so I think he should be able to get carers.
I've just read however that if you're in full time education you can't get carers allowance.
I'm just not understanding (I have a brain injury)
How can you be able to claim from 16 but not if you're in f/t education?
All people under 18 have to now be in f/t education??? Help!

I can't get to grips with the sense in this? Am I wrong? Would he be able to claim or not?


Lou x x
Hello Lou

As I understand it the Carers Allowance unit considers that a young carer (i.e. under 18) in full time education does not have sufficient time to devote to caring and studying but I suggest that you contact the Carers UK Adviceline team, they will be able to explain the rules much better than I can !
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In the meantime reading our factsheet on Carers Allowance might help ... -allowance