Every year more than two million people become carers. Unfortunately caring can affect your finances.
Alongside the personal costs of ill-health, for many families, disability and caring pushes them into debt and hardship, and many carers have to give up work or reduce their hours. Two in five carers in a recent Carers UK survey said they were struggling to make ends meet, and nearly half have had to cut back on essentials like food and heating.
However, there is help available. We can talk to you about your financial situation, and run through the benefits and payments you may be entitled to. There are also reductions and support for some carers with things like prescription charges and council tax.
In terms of NHS support, this booklet, NHS Continuing Health Care – A guide for Surrey Carers, from Surrey NHS explains the process for applying for CHC and what’s available.
The information on these pages is general. Please also see our COVID benefits and money matters page.
Don’t lose out
It’s important that you find out about and get all the help you are entitled to. It can really help and improve your caring situation. It is estimated that millions of carers’ benefits aren’t claimed each year. Don’t let that be you. Let us help you find the support you need.
The main benefit for carers is Carer’s Allowance. Read more here.
Looking after someone else’s affairs
If you’re responsible for someone else’s money, or think you might have to be in the future, find out more about the legal aspects here.
Are you aged 18-24?
Our specialist Young Adult Carer Support team can help you. They know all about housing, finance, benefits, work and looking at costs for everyday living, college or university. Plus you get to meet other young people who understand your situation.