This is the amount which you can receive for your caring activities free of tax. It is made up of two amounts:
- A fixed amount for each household of £10,000 a year; and
- An amount per child or person per week.
If there are two or more carers in the house receiving their caring income separately, the limit is divided equally between them. If you are a carer for less than a full year then you will get a proportion of the fixed amount based on the number of days you were a carer in that year. There are no regional changes to this amount depending on where you live in the country, nor is there any addition if you look after disabled children or adults.
The amount per week is:
- £200 a week for a child under age 11; and
- £250 a week for a child age 11 or over including the week in which the child reaches their 11th birthday. If you care for adults, the weekly amount is also £250.
If the placement is only for part of a week, the amount is allocated in full for that week.