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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.
This also applies if you are caring for each other.
You are not in full-time education The meaning of 'full-time education' is complicated and may depend on a number of factors including the type of course you are doing.
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.
However, if you get extra Carer’s Allowance for your partner their occupational/personal pension could affect this extra amount (some carers previously received extra benefit for their partner as part of their Carer’s Allowance - this was called the adult dependant addition but is not available for new claims).
If you do receive taxable income such as occupational or personal pensions or part-time earnings you should inform the tax office about your Carer’s Allowance, because it is a taxable benefit.
If the person you are looking after is also caring for someone else, you can both claim Carer’s Allowance for looking after different people as long as you both meet the criteria.However, if you put £10 a week into a pension, half of the £10 can be deducted from your earnings.Your earnings for Carer’s Allowance would therefore be £125 - £5 = £120 a week.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).