If you are caring for anyone, unpaid, you are a carer.
Yes. Many carers fail to claim their correct benefit entitlement. It is worthwhile having a benefit check to ensure you are not missing out on valuable income.
You could get Carers Allowance if you care for someone at least 35 hours a week and they get certain benefits. To claim Carers Allowance you must be aged 16 or over, caring for someone who is in receipt of Personal Independent Payment, Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance or Armed Forces Independence Payment, caring for one person for at least 35 hours a week, not earning more than £116 per week (after taxes, care costs while you’re at work and 50% of what you pay into your pension), not in full-time education or studying for more than 21 hours a week. To find out more and to claim, click here
The Care Act 2014 sets out carers legal rights to assessment and support. To read the Care Act 2014, click here
Read the Social Services and Well-Being Act (Wales) 2014 here
A carer assessment is not about judging the way you are caring for someone but about looking at what support you may need. Carer assessments apply to carers of any age and must include: whether the carer is able/willing to care, the outcomes the carer wishes for in day-to-day life, whether the carer works or wishes to participate in social activities, education, training or recreation. For more information go to our assessments page.