Get the financial help you deserve!
It can be all too easy to fall into the trap of feeling shy about applying for carers' benefits. But that support is there because you're carrying out a crucial role - so don't be backwards in coming forwards.!
This is the main state benefit for carers in the UK and currently pays £64.60 a week to people caring for more than 35 hours a week. But you won't qualify if you already get certain other benefits totalling more than £64.60 per week. It may still be worth applying though. Even if you do get more than £64.60 per week for other benefits you could be classified as having an "underlying entitlement" to Carer's Allowance - which would mean those other benefits being increased.
This is a top up payment to your National Insurance record to make sure you don't miss out on some social security benefits because of gaps in your record.. Carer's Credit is paid to people looking after someone for more than 20 hours a week and don't get Carer's Allowance.
Get more info here: How to claim Carer's Credit
This is a payment topping up certain benefits like Income Support, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support. You can get more information from your local benefits office.
Help from the Council
You might qualify for financial help from your local authority. To see what's available, you should contact your local council.
You may need to have a carer's assessment before you get any support from the local authority. Click here to find out how to get a carer's assessment
Get more Information
The benefit system can be subject to sudden change. So keep up to date by using the entitledto benefits calculator.
The following organisations do great work and can give you advice on your specific situation.
Carers UK helpline on 0808 808 7777
Carers Direct helpline on 0300 123 1053
Citizens Advice on 03444 111 444