Knowing what benefits you and the person you care for are entitled to can make a real difference.
For example, you might be able to get a break from caring, or get help with pay for certain costs, or make a difference to your pension entitlements in the future.
There are three main types of benefits:
- Benefits if you're not in paid employment – "earnings replacement benefits".
- Benefits that help pay for extra costs, such as those relating to disability or having a child.
- Benefits and tax credits that top up low income if you're in work – "means-tested benefits"
Carer's Allowance, an earnings replacement benefit, is the main benefit for carers. You may be eligible if you are looking after someone for 35 hours a week or more.
For more information on what benefits you can get as a carer click the link below: