Grants and benefits for carers and how to apply

There are various charitable grants that you may be able to access as a carer or for the person that you care for. Some are dependent on what job you may have had in like the armed forces such as RAF Benevolent fund and other trades. 

You can refine your search to include information relating to your life which may enable access to various grants. Things like breaks, holiday, equipment to help and days out can be search for.

Turn2Us

Turn2us are a National charity that helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through partner organisations. They have a grant search tool which you can use to find grants for you as a carer or for the person that you care for and a benefit calculator too.

Disability grants

Other useful organisations like Disability Grants can help you discover what’s available nationally and in your local area by searching the individual sections. The Government website also recommends https://www.entitledto.co.uk/ which is a free benefit calculator.

Carer support near me

 To find carer support organisations near you that may be able to help with information on funding and grants available locally and carer support you can contact your local council for help.

Carers Assessments are also accessed through your local council and the NHS website provides information of what a carers assessment can help with

 If you need financial support to help make changes to your home if you are disabled, you could apply for a Disabled Facility Grant. This could cover things such as ramps, improving access, stair lifts, widening doorways and installing a downstairs bathroom/wet room. For more details, contact your local council.

NHS Low Income Scheme

If you have a low income, you may be able to get help with NHS costs through the NHS Low Income Scheme (LIS).

The scheme covers:

  • prescription costs
  • dental costs
  • eyecare costs
  • healthcare travel costs
  • wigs and fabric supports

You can apply for the scheme as long as your savings, investments or property (not including where you live) do not exceed the capital limit.

Carers allowance

Carers Allowance is a benefit, money that may be available to you if you are providing care to a person who is in receipt of the following benefits:-

  • Personal Independence Payment – daily living component
  • Disability Living Allowance – the middle or highest care rate
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the normal maximum rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Constant Attendance Allowance at the basic (full day) rate with a War Disablement Pension
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

You may be able entitled to carers allowance even if you do not think of yourself as a carer.

You can apply for carers allowance online here.

How does carers allowance affect universal credit?

Please be aware that Carer’s Allowance could affect the benefits of both you and the person that you are caring for and they may also stop getting a reduced Council Tax payment so please check the criteria for this.

Can I claim carers allowance?

To be eligible to claim Carer’s Allowance, you need to spend at least 35 hours a week caring for them. This could be helping them around the house with washing, cooking, cleaning. It could also be taking them to medical appointments, supporting them with managing their bills or doing their shopping.

Who is entitled to carers allowance?

All of the following must also apply for you to be eligible to start a claim:-

  • you’re 16 or over
  • you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone
  • you’ve been in England, Scotland or Wales for at least 2 of the last 3 years (this does not apply if you’re a refugee or have humanitarian protection status)
  • you normally live in England, Scotland or Wales, or you live abroad as a member of the armed forces (you might still be eligible if you’re moving to or already living in an EEA country or Switzerland)
  • you’re not in full-time education
  • you’re not studying for 21 hours a week or more
  • you’re not subject to immigration control
  • your earnings are not above the amount set out in eligibility guidelines which can be found here https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance/eligibility

Can you claim carer’s allowance for more than one person?

You cannot claim carer’s allowance if someone else is already claiming carers allowance for the person you care for or if you are in full time education, but do not need to be living with or related to the person that you care for to make a claim.

Is carers allowance means tested?

Average earnings can be calculated when applying, so if your earnings are sometimes more than the eligibility criteria, then it is still worth applying as an average will be looked at. You may not be eligible for Carer’s Allowance if you are claiming State Pension but again you should still apply as you may be entitled pension credits or other income related benefits.

You will automatically get National Insurance credits for each week that you claim carers allowance. If you do not qualify for carers allowance, you may make a claim for Carer’s credit if you are caring for someone for at least 20 hours a week which will help with gaps in your National Insurance record.

Carers allowance Scotland

If you live in Scotland and you are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance, you may also get Carer’s Allowance Supplement.

 If you or the person you care for are affected by coronavirus, you can still claim Carer’s Allowance if you provide care remotely. This includes giving emotional support over the phone or online.

How to apply for carers allowance

The government website takes you through every stage of how to make a claim.

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