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Financial Support for Carers
The Care Act 2014 introduced a number of changes for carers and these included the introduction of a new national carer eligibility criteria, a right for carers to have an assessment of their own support needs and depending on the outcome of the assessment, the provision of a carer personal budget.
A carer assessment identifies a carer's needs, considers which of those needs are not being met as a result of the caring role and if these are eligible needs that require support. The national carer eligibility criteria is set by the government and was put in place to make sure everyone is treated in a consistent way across the country.
A carers personal budget is an amount of money that may be allocated to you following a carer’s assessment. The money is not means tested and can be used to buy services and equipment which will help you in your caring role
You can ask for an assessment at any time, please talk to the social worker that is working with the person you care for (if they have one) or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0345 8 503 503 and ask for a carers needs assessment.
Carer’s allowance is a taxable benefit for people aged 16 or over whom spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone. The person they care for must be receiving disability living allowance at the middle or highest rate of the care component, or attendance allowance.
Carers may have access to the following benefits –
- Council tax and housing benefit
- Council tax - the carer's discount
You may be entitled to a reduction in your council tax bill if you look after someone who:
- Receives the higher or middle rate of the Care Component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or receives Attendance Allowance
- Is cared for by you for a minimum of 35 hours per week*
- Is not your spouse or partner
- Is over 18
- Lives with you
More information on Council Tax reduction Discounts - Wakefield Council
If you receive Carer's Allowance (previously known as Invalid Care Allowance) you have already proven you care for more than 35 hours per week.
Attendance Allowance - Paid to people who are over 65 and have health problems and care needs.
Personal Independent Payment - Paid to people disabled before the age of 65.
Other means-tested benefits include -
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit
- Council Tax Benefit
- Pension Credit
A carer's premium is included in these benefits for people who are entitled to Carer's Allowance. This includes people who would be paid Carer's Allowance but do not get paid because of the overlapping benefit rule.
More info here https://www.welfarerights.net/uk-benefit-guides