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Severe disability benefit and carer's allowance

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If you have a medical condition or disability which means you require care in order to live at home, you may be able to claim benefit.

If you are providing care for someone living at home you may be eligible to claim a carer's allowance.  In order to claim these benefits, you need to be registered with Social Security and fulfil the required residential qualifications. Please click on the headings below for further information.

  • Severe disability benefit

    • If you have a physical or mental disability which requires a lot of attention or supervision by day or night, you may be eligible to receive Severe Disability Benefit.
    • Payment of Severe disability benefit depends on the level of care you need
      • by day - if you require frequent attention in connection with your bodily functions; or constant supervision throughout the day in order to avoid substantial danger to yourself or others; or
      • by night - if you require prolonged or repeated attention in connection with your bodily functions; or constant supervision throughout the night in order to avoid substantial danger to yourself or others.
    • In general you must have needed the required level of care for at least 3 months (but if you have a terminal illness this rule does not apply). During the last 12 months you also need to have lived in the island for 26 weeks and if you were not born locally you must have been living in the island for the last 5 years. But, if you have come from Jersey or the UK this rule may not apply.
    • Severe Disability Benefit is not payable if you are receiving Long-term care benefit.
    • To make a claim you should fill in a claim form (SDB1) which is available from the office by phoning the Pensions & Allowances helpline on 732506. We will also send you a claim pack which contains everything you need to make your claim. Alternatively, the form is also available in the downloads section of this page.
    • Severe Disability benefit is paid directly into your bank account at the same rate for everyone.  But if your annual household income is more than a certain limit you will not be entitled to benefit. 
    • The current benefit rates and annual income limits are set out in the Benefit Payment and Contribution Rates leaflet (Leaflet 50), which is provided in the downloads section.
    • More detailed information can be found in the Severe Disability Benefit and Carer's Allowance (Leaflet 18) in the downloads section.
  • Carer's allowance

    • If you are aged over 18 and caring for a severely disabled person for at least 35 hours per week you may be able to get carer's allowance.
    • In order to receive carer's allowance, the person you are looking after must be in receipt of severe disability benefit.
    • To make a claim you should fill in a claim form (CA2) which is available from Social Security by phoning the Pensions & Allowances helpline on 732506.
    • Carer's allowance is paid at the same rate for everyone but if your annual household income is more than a certain limit you will not be entitled to the allowance, payments are paid directly into a bank account. 
    • The current benefit rates and annual income limits are set out in the Benefit Payment and Contribution Rates leaflet (Leaflet 50), which is provided in the downloads section.
    • More detailed information can be found in the Severe Disability Benefit and Carer's Allowance (Leaflet 18) in the downloads section.

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Severe Disability Benefit & Carer's Allowance - Leaflet 18 Application for Severe Disability Benefit - Guidance Notes Application for Severe Disability Benefit - Section 1 Application for Severe Disability Benefit - Section 2 Application for Carer's Allowance Benefit Payment & Contribution Rates - Leaflet 50

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