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Blog: How Tenovus Cancer Care can help carers by Bethan Watkins

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This week has been Carer’s Week, a time to recognise those who care for others and the difference they make to other people’s lives. Many carers don’t realise they could be entitled to financial support, especially if they’ve given up their full-time jobs to look after someone. Our Regional Advice Services Manager, Bethan Watkins, has put together some information to help you if you’re a carer looking for advice.

“Providing care for someone comes in many different forms and you may not even think of yourself as a carer. You can be caring for someone whether you’re providing physical ‘hands on’ care or whether you’re checking in with someone throughout the day making sure they’re up, dressed, have eaten and taken their medication. You may find that you have to give up work to care for someone, which although is rewarding, can be stressful as money becomes tight.

If you’re caring for someone at least 35 hours a week then you may be able to claim Carers’ Allowance. This is the main benefit to help people with caring responsibilities.  You don’t have to have paid enough National Insurance Contributions to claim it and it doesn’t look at any savings you may have. You don’t have to be related to or live with the person you care for.

To claim you:

  • Must be over 16;
  • Must be caring for someone for at least 35 hours a week;
  • The person you care for must be receiving the middle or higher rate care component of Disability Living Allowance, either rate of Personal Independence Payment daily living component, or either rate of Attendance Allowance;
  • Cannot not be in full-time education;
  • Cannot earn more than £116 per week.

You can make the claim for Carers’ Allowance:

Carers’ Allowance is paid at £62.70 per week and can be topped up with other benefits. It’s important that you’re fully informed about the restrictions when claiming.

That’s where our Cancer Support Advisors come in. They can help you to look at what you’re entitled to and make the process easier for you. 

So, if you're a carer and in need of money advice or don’t understand what you're entitled to money-wise, call us on 0808 808 1010. However, if you’d rather write it down, get in touch via our ‘Ask the Advisor’ service by clicking here."

Don’t go through your financial worries alone. Please, call us on 0808 808 1010 or find out more here.