Your course is likely to be considered 'full-time' if: If you are in full-time education you also won’t be able to get Carer’s Allowance during temporary absences from your course including holiday periods.
Note: Further information on how the 21 hours is calculated, and on temporary absences, can be seen in our Carer's Allowance factsheet.
Carer's Allowance is paid at £62.70 a week (2017/18 rate).
If you would like some further information about this then contact the Carers UK Adviceline.
If you are in self-employment your average weekly earnings are normally calculated by looking at a specific trading period, which is normally a year.
One exception to the earnings rule is that if you are working during an allowed break in care, and are still receiving Carer’s Allowance, your earnings are ignored ‘Present’ means physically present in the UK.
Some people may be treated as being in the UK while abroad, eg members of the armed forces.
You cannot average out your hours over a number of weeks.
However you are allowed certain breaks in care (you can see more information on breaks in care here).
However, this will not apply if the person you are paying is a close relative of either yourself or the person you are looking after (a close relative is a spouse, partner or civil partner, parent, son, daughter, brother or sister).
Occupational or personal pensions do not count as earnings and you can be paid Carer’s Allowance in addition to these.
However if you have only recently started your self-employment, or if there has been a change in your circumstances, then a different period more representative of your average weekly earnings can sometimes be used.