Looking after someone? Know your rights

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, it's been estimated that across the UK there are 13.5 million unpaid carers. Many people are unaware of their rights as a carer and, as a result, are not accessing the help and support they are entitled to.
carer with young child

Having the right information and advice is vital to ensure the carers do not miss out on financial and practical help that they are entitled to. Here we highlight three key steps from Carers UK to help carers find out their entitlements.

1. Get a benefits check

Get a full benefits check to see what financial support you maybe entitled to. The Carer's Allowance is the main carer's benefit but could include tax credits, council tax discounts or help with fuel costs.

You can get this personalised benefit check online and it will take about twenty minutes to complete.

Go to benefits calculator 

2. Find out about practical support

Caring for a loved one can be very physically and mentally demanding, so it's important to find out about what practical support is available. This could be anything from equipment to make caring easier or information about a local support groups that can help. All carers are entitled to a carer's assessment from their local council. This could result in the carer, or the person they are caring being able to get additional help or support.

3. Connect with others

Caring can be very isolating, but there are lots of different ways you can connect with people in similar situations. You can find local support groups for you to attend in person (Covid-19 restrictions permitting), or benefit from a wealth of online forums.


Find out more

To find out more about your rights, tailored to your situation, take a look at Upfront - Carer's UK online tool, or read their Carer's Rights Guide for more information.

Read the Carer's Rights Guide

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