Financial difficulties can affect many carers. This can be as a result of giving up work or the additional expenditures which may be involved in caring.
As a carer, you may be entitled to certain government benefits. The criteria for benefits can, at times, be difficult to understand and often depends on individual circumstances. We advise that you contact Stirling Carers Centre on 01786 447003 for advice before applying for any benefit.
Our Carer Support Officers can talk you through the benefits available, help you understand what they are and how they can be used and help you complete the forms to apply for them. They can also offer help if your initial application is unsuccessful.
Benefits that you (or the person you care for) may be entitled to include:
- Universal Credit – Replacing some working age means tested benefits for new claimants from April 2017
- Carer’s Allowance
- Attendance Allowance (AA)
- Personal Independence Payments (PIP) (formerly Disability Living Allowance)
- Disability Living Allowance for Children (Child DLA)
- Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income Support
- Pension Credit
- The Social Fund and The Scottish Welfare Fund
- The Regulated Social Fund
- The Discretionary Social Fund
- Housing Benefit
- Council Tax Reduction
You must tell the relevant department of the Department for Work & Pensions and/or Job Centre Plus if someone you care for goes into or comes out of hospital. Most benefits reduce after a person has been in hospital for a certain number of weeks.