From 24 - 30 October, Turn2us will be partnering with the Carers Trust for a week of articles on welfare benefits and other support services for carers in financial need. We will tackle some of the most common issues for carers, give practical tips on how to navigate the welfare benefits system and highlight charitable grants that support carers.
Who is a carer?
A carer is anyone (whether they self-identify or not) who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.
According to the Carers Trust, 7 million of us are already carers, around 10% of the population, and anyone can become a carer at any time. It is predicted that 3 in 5 of us will become a carer at some point in our lives.
Visit the Carers Trust “Spaces” section from 24 October to read our articles.
If you are a carer, the ‘Carers’ section of the Turn2us website has information about ways you might be able to get help if you are struggling financially. This includes information on Carer's Allowance.
Our free Benefits Calculator can help you check your welfare benefit entitlements and tax credits. Even if you have checked before, it is worth doing so again, especially if there has been a change in your circumstances.
You can also find out whether you are eligible for a charitable grant using our free Grants Search.
If you are worried about any issues relating to your particular situation and would like further advice, you can use our Find an Adviser tool to locate face-to-face advice services in your local area or that work nationally.