Are you new to caring? Are you unsure what your rights are as an unpaid carer? Or do you simply just want to keep up to date with the changes in legislations? Learn about your rights as an unpaid carer.

Whether you are a new carer or have been caring for someone for a while, carers need to know their rights wherever they are in their caring journey. It is important that you understand your rights and are able to access the support that is available to you.

Carers and the law

Your rights as a carer are protected in law. Find out more about your rights regarding assessments, direct payments, finances, safeguarding, advocacy, health and more in The Care Act 2014.

Under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act you have a right to:

  • Information and advice about your local services
  • A conversation about what matters to you
  • Request a carers’ needs assessment
  • Have your voice heard when decisions are being made about the help you may need

Financial

Benefits

Find out what benefits are available, how they work and if you are eligible. 

Carers Allowance

Carers Allowance is paid to carers over 16 on a low income who spend 35 hours or more a week caring for someone.

You do not have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for. You do not get paid extra if you care for more than one person.

Lasting Power of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a powerful legal document that safeguards a person’s wishes in the event that they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves. Working with Celtic Law Ltd, NEWCIS has developed a much-needed service for unpaid carers offering LPA workshops and in some cases access to financial support with the associated fees. Check our events page for any upcoming LPA courses or contact us for more information.