There are benefits just for carers, some for people with a disability, and some to help you if you have a low income. Remember, you can still claim some benefits if you work, have savings or own your own home.
- You may be able to claim Carer’s Allowance if you spend at least 35 hours a week caring.
- The person you care for may be able to get help with the extra costs of being disabled or having a long term health condition. See if they can claim Attendance Allowance (AA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
- Tax credits and Income Support can help top up your income.
- Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support can help with housing costs if you have a low income. You may also be able to help heating your home. See housing and heating costs.
- You may be able to get help with health and care costs including help paying for dental treatment, free prescriptions, and help managing and paying for care and support.
- Carer’s Credit is not a benefit but will help make sure you will still have a state pension even if your caring responsibilities mean that you can’t work.
- Pension Credit is extra money for pensioners on a low income.
- You may be able to apply for extra money from grants or benevolent funds, or get money off your tv licence or car tax. See grants and discounts.
You may also be able to claim benefits if you are looking for work or you can’t work because you are ill or disabled. See other working age benefits.
Turn2us 2016 benefits awareness campaign
Don’t miss out on benefits and tax credits.
According to recent research from Turn2us almost half (48%) of low income households are not claiming the welfare benefits and tax credits they could be entitled to.
Turn2us is a national charity that will help you helps people in financial hardship to gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services – online, by phone and face to face through partners and volunteers
Do you help someone else manage their money?
You may be able to get extra money if your partner has died. See benefits when someone dies.