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Fact sheet

Welfare Benefits

Many carers say that they are worse off financially once they become carers.

Although one of the key aims of any carers strategy will be to support carers in employment and training, giving access to high quality benefits advice is also crucial.

Just like any other person, carers may be entitled to a range of benefits both means tested and situation based.

Benefits are complex and the advice given and ‘better off’ calculations should always be obtained from someone with relevant training and expertise – usually through a local authority benefits service, a CAB or other advice agency.

  • Carers UK has a freephone advice service 0808 808 7777, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am -12pm and 2pm - 4pm

For comprehensive information visit Carers Direct*