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Benefits and financial support for carers

Find information on support with rising cost of energy, food and transport on the Support with cost of living section of our website. There is general information on finances in our money and benefits section.

Benefits for carers

Carer's Allowance

Some carers might be eligible for Carer's Allowance. If you care for someone for more than 35 hours a week, and they get certain benefits, you could get £69.70 a week. Find more information on Carer's Allowance on GOV.UK website.

You can still claim Carer's Allowance if you work, as long as you spend at least 35 hours in your caring role.

Which website also has information about the Carer's Allowance.

Carer's Credit

You could get Carer’s Credit, a National Insurance credit if you’re caring for someone for at least 20 hours a week. There is more information about Carer's Credit on GOV.UK website.

Websites with information advice on money and benefits for carers

GOV.UK

You can find information on money and benefits for carers on the GOV.UK website. This includes benefits calculators.

Caring Together

Caring Together has information on money and benefits.

Money Advice Service

The Money Advice Service has information for carers.

Balancing caring and work

Carers UK online support

We’ve teamed up with Carers UK to give carers in our area access to a wide range of digital tools and essential resources that may help make their caring situation easier. This includes working and caring.

Create an account at the Carers UK website using the free access code: DGTL3385

Your rights

Carers UK has information about:

Returning to work

There is information on returning to work on the Carer's UK website.

JobCentre Plus provides support to carers. This includes Work Preparation Support for Carers - help and support for you to make a successful move into work, including access to training and advice on job hunting and applications.

You might be able to get help with the cost of replacement care while you take part in training or attend interviews.

Leaving work

There is information on leaving work due to a caring role on the Carer's UK website.

Giving up work to care for someone can have an impact on your wellbeing. Make sure you look after yourself. There is information on services and support in our webpage on wellbeing for carers.

Welfare benefits team

We can provide support and assistance with claiming benefits. There is also a home visiting service aimed at people who are unable to access front line advice or live in rural areas of Cambridgeshire.

Email: welfare.benefits@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Telephone: 01353 612 926