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The Carers Trust says there are around seven million people who provide care for family or friends in the UK, and this number is increasing every year.
Of these, over a third of people don’t claim the benefits they are entitled to, which means that millions of pounds of carer’s benefits goes unclaimed each year.
If you look after someone who, due to illness, disability, mental health or addiction, couldn’t manage without help, you could be eligible to claim a carer’s benefit such as Carer’s Allowance.
You don’t need to live with or be related to the person you care for, but if you provide care for 35 hours or more each week, you could be entitled to claim. The person you care for would need to be in receipt of a qualifying disability benefit such as Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.
You can claim Carers Allowance even if you’re working, as long as you’re not earning more than £110 per week.
For more information or to see if you’d be entitled to claim, contact Thirteen’s Money Advice Team on tel: 0300 111 1000.
You can get more details about Carers Week at www.carersweek.org