Money

A huge number of carers experience financial stress in their caring role, so this section is here to outline how much you should be paying for care, and explain what financial support you might be entitled to.

Money

A huge number of carers experience financial stress in their caring role, so this section is here to outline how much you should be paying for care, and explain what financial support you might be entitled to.

Paying for care and support

Paying for care and support is a big worry for a lot of us, whether it’s getting support as a carer or paying for the cost of your loved one’s care. This section looks at how much you should be paying and whether you should be paying at all.

How much should my support cost?

Looks at how much support for carers in your position should cost and when another organisation might meet the cost.

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How much should their care cost?

If you and the person you care for share financial responsibilities, this page looks at how much their care should cost.

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The social care financial assessment

This page explains the means tested carried out by the council when it agrees to provide you with support and needs to figure out how much to charge.

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Strategies for funding care

If you’re worried about how you’re going to fund your loved one’s care, this page looks at different strategies, including equity release and downsizing.

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Getting financial advice

If you’re making an important financial decision about funding your loved one’s care, you need a financial adviser. This page looks at where to turn.

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Work

Balancing work and caring is a tough juggling act. This section looks at your rights at work and the support you’re entitled to.

Your rights at work

Looks at your right to flexible working and time off to provide emergency care.

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Financial support

The pages in this section aim to put you in the best possible financial situation by explaining all of the support you could be entitled to:

Financial support for carers

A comprehensive guide on the financial support you can get as a carer.

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Income based benefits

Looks at benefits you can claim if you are out of work because of a disability or caring responsibilities, or if your pension income is too low.

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Disability benefits

Looks at the support you can get if you struggle to do things such as walking, dressing, or socialising because of a long-term disability.

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Claiming benefits in advance

This page explains how to claim benefits in advance if you urgently need money now.

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Can someone claim benefits on my behalf?

If you struggle to collect benefits yourself, this page looks at how you can arrange someone to do it in your name.

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The benefit cap

A quick look at whether the benefit cap affects you, and if so, what to do.

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What about Universal Credit?

This page looks at whether Universal Credit will affect you and what you need to do.

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Completing benefit forms

Looks at which organisations can help you complete benefits forms and get the benefits you’re entitled to.

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Discounts

You might be surprised at the range of discounts and concessions you could be entitled to – from travel discounts to help with meeting the cost of new glasses or prescriptions. These pages give a comprehensive overview of national schemes. For local schemes, use our local support search tool.

Grants and short term loans

A guide to finding grants and getting short-term loans from the council to cover the cost of essential items.

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Health discounts and benefits

Looks at whether you might be eligible for money towards glasses, prescriptions, travel to and from hospital, or hearing aids.

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Travel discounts and benefits

An overview of what bus passes or rail cards you might be able to access.

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Heating discounts and benefits

Explains different government schemes for helping you pay your heating bills.

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Other support discounts and benefits

Includes TV license discounts, cheap phone calls and VAT exemption from certain kinds of equipment.

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