Looking after the day to day costs and trying to save as a carer can be difficult, especially for unpaid carers or for those working voluntary as carers. On Top of providing your own support for those who you care for, you find that you are in need of some extra support, even financially, and knowing what is available to you is important. If it’s there, why not take advantage of it?
Can I Get A Carers Grant?
The main source of funding you may be familiar with is the Government backed Carer’s Allowance, which is a taxable benefit paid to carers over 16 years of age who care for over 35 hours a week. However the main stumbling block for carers is that you must not earn more than £123 a week.
Carers Credit is available for those working at least 20 hours a week caring for 1 or more people and is applicable to those over the age of 16 and under state pension age. The carers credit helps to fill gaps in your National Insurance record with credits.
Applying for either of these can be a tricky and complicated process, so for a more simple breakdown, visit Applying for Carers Allowance.
Currently those residing in Scotland can get access to the Young Carers grant which entitles carers to an extra £300 yearly payment for those between the ages of 16 & 18 who care for 1 to 3 people for an average of 16 hours per week.
Did You Know?
- 40% of carers have missed out on financial support as a result of not getting the right information.
- 39% of carers describe their financial situation as ‘struggling to make ends meet’.
- Half of working age carers live in a household where no-one is in paid work.
- 43% of carers say their financial circumstances affect their health.
Day To Day Savings
Monthly extras are greatly appreciated but sometimes it;s the day to day which matters. From the weekly shop to the essentials, being able to find savings and financial support, particularly for home carers is important. It’s the little things.
Signing up to Discounts For Carers for free entitles those working within the care sector, in any role, an opportunity to claim discounts on popular everyday items form some of the biggest brands, as well as those occasional treats which are more than deserved. From savings on travel and shopping, to motoring, mobiles and home essentials, carers can save and get great discounts on a variety of brands.