Money, benefits and work

What benefits can carers get?

Knowing what benefits you and the person you care for are entitled to can make a real difference. For example, you might be able to get a break from caring, or get help with pay for certain costs, or make a difference to your pension entitlements in the future. There are three main types of […]

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Benefits advice from the Welfare Rights Unit

Havering Council has a Welfare Rights Unit dedicated to providing benefits advice to people living in Havering. As a unit, we provide advice to residents on how you can maximise your income and understand your benefits. We work closely with the Pension Service and other agencies and can signpost you towards other services that you […]

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What is Carer’s Allowance?

  Carer’s Allowance is the main state benefit for carers, so it’s important to find out if you can receive it. It is currently £61.35 a week, with a one-off £10 Christmas bonus in December. You might be able to get Carer’s Allowance if all of the following apply: you’re 16 or over you spend […]

Employment rights for carers

Continuing to work while caring can help you feel good about yourself and provide you with social interaction outside of your caring role. But staying in work or returning to work might feel like a daunting prospect and you may find it helpful to take some time off or to ask your employer if you […]

Income Support

Income Support is a benefit that’s paid to top up your money if you have a low income. Why claim Income Support? Even if the amount of benefit you get is quite small, it’s still worth claiming Income Support  because it entitles you to extra help, for example: help with your housing costs if you […]

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How to claim Carer’s Allowance

If you’re living with the person you look after and they’re awarded Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Attendance Allowance (AA), complete a claim form for Carer’s Allowance (CA) as soon as possible after the award has been made. If they already get DLA or AA, make a claim now. You can […]

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Challenging a Carer’s Allowance decision

If you were receiving Carer’s Allowance and payment has been stopped or you’ve made a claim for Carer’s Allowance and been refused, you can challenge the decision. The first step is to ask the Carer’s Allowance Unit to look at the decision again – this is known as a “mandatory reconsideration”. If you’re unsatisfied with the outcome of […]

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Carers’ rights and the Care Act

A carer is someone who helps another person, usually a relative or friend, in their day-to-day life. This is not the same as someone who provides care professionally or through a voluntary organisation. The Care Act 2014 sets out carers’ legal rights to assessment and support. It came into force in April 2015. The Care […]

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