Carers FIRST has 3 dedicated Carers Benefits Advisors who work across Kent and Medway, Lincolnshire and Waltham Forest. They are highly experienced in providing general and more personalised advice on carer rights including disability and welfare benefits.
If you have questions about or difficulty with wellfare benefits, don’t delay or put things off until later. Carers FIRST can help. Whether it’s finding out what you could be entitled to, or getting assistance with filling in forms, we may be able to help or suggest other support locally that you can tap into.
Ask your Care Support and Advice Coordinator (CSAC) as they are familiar with many of the benefit forms you may need to tackle, and you should talk to them in the first instance.
Or you can ask for an appointment to speak to the advisor in your area. Our Advisors run regular face to face surgeries in community venues and and at least 2 phone out surgeries are run each week. Appointments can be made by calling our Carers Hub on 0300 303 1555.
To find out more about what benefits you could be entitled to, please visit our Welfare Benefits Page.
Carers UK's 'Looking after someone' is a guide for anyone caring for family or friends. The guide outlines your rights as a carer and gives an overview of the practical and financial support available.The guide includes:
- A Carer’s Guide: an illustrated introduction to the challenges of caring, from making difficult decisions to looking after your health and wellbeing.
- Benefits: an overview of which benefits you or the person you care for may be entitled to and information about how to get a benefits check.
- Other financial help: including help with council tax, fuel costs, pensions and health costs.
- Practical help: including community care assessment, carer's assessment and direct payments.
- Technology: information about health and care technology that could make life easier for you and the person you care for.
- Your workplace: your rights at work, from flexible working and parental leave to protection from discrimination.
- Other help: how to find other help nationally and in your local community.
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