A one-off £500 payment is available to all eligible unpaid carers in Wales who were receiving Carers Allowance on March 31, 2022.

Many unpaid carers have faced increased financial pressures during the pandemic. This support payment is being provided to help with some of these extra costs. 

The payment is aimed at individuals who care for someone for at least 35 hours a week and have a low income.


You will be eligible for the payment if you live in Wales and either:

  • you were receiving Carers Allowance on March 31, 2022
  • your application for Carers Allowance is in progress and your claim is backdated to March 31, 2022

You will not be eligible for the payment if either of the following apply:

  • You have an underlying entitlement to Carers Allowance but do not receive a payment because you receive another benefit at the same or higher rate
  • You only receive a carer premium within a means tested benefit

You should apply with the council where you live, not the council where the person you care for lives (if it is different).

How to apply

If you think you qualify for this support, you can submit a claim through the online form.

You must apply before 5pm on July 15, 2022. Payments for successful claims will be made from June through to the end of September 2022. 

Apply now