logo240,000 carers in the UK claim the allowance each year, and until now, they were forced to do this via the post or by using an outdated online system which was difficult to complete and had low take-up.

In partnership with the Cabinet Office’s Government Digital Service, the DWP has launched a new digital service simplifying the claims process

One of the improvements for claimants is a new way of verifying that the person they care for understands the claim – removing the need for them to sign a paper declaration.

Minister of State for Disabled People, Mark Harper, said:

“Carers provide an invaluable service to people in some of the most vulnerable circumstances in our communities. We spend around £2 billion on carer’s allowance and are committing even more in the future. A simpler and quicker online system for claiming the benefit is extremely welcome news for those whose time is overwhelmingly dedicated to looking after others.

For those that are not able to use the online service, an assisted digital option will always be available. This could include, for example, using DWP’s Jobcentre Plus offices as drop-in centres to complete the service with carer’s allowance experts who can offer internet access and personal support.”

You can now claim carer’s allowance online: https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance/how-to-claim

– See more at: http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2014/december/claim-carers-allowance-online-today#sthash.90onBHEt.dpuf