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Carers – could we be missing out on benefits and support?

This year, Carers Week recognised those who care for someone in the community

This year, Carers Week across the UK, raised awareness of the issues affecting those of us who look after someone.

There could be as many as 10 million unpaid carers across the country.

And we can often become a carer suddenly and without any notice.

In fact, many of us could be carers without even realising it. But if we look after a relative or friend who is older, has a disability, mental or physical illness, or an addiction then we’re a carer.

That’s why the theme of this year’s event was ‘recognising and supporting carers in the community’.

Information and support

Caring can be really challenging, no matter how much we love the person we’re caring for.

It can affect our job, money and relationships.

Carers Week is about making sure carers have the information and support they need so they’re not left struggling.

The good news is there’s lots of information out there. And there are lots of charities and organisations that can offer support.

Our council is a good place to start to find groups and services locally.

They can also arrange an assessment to find out what help and support we need.

Work and money

If we’re working and caring at the same time we should let our employer know (if we haven’t already).

We have the right to request flexible working and time off to look after the person we care for in an emergency.

If we haven’t used one recently, a benefits calculator can show what financial support we might be able to claim.

And charities like Carers UK can tell us about any help with bills and debts we might be able to get.

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