You may have given up work to be an unpaid carer or reduced your hours and be worried about money.
You may be entitled to:
- carer’s allowance
- carer’s Tax credit
- grants and discounts
- a discount on your council tax
- some minor adaptations and equipment to help you or the person you care for, which may be supplied free of charge depending on eligibility.
- a carer’s personal budget, which isn’t means tested even if you’re in receipt of carers allowance. You’ll need a carers assessment
- free cinema tickets with a CEA card, when you accompany a disabled cinema guest
If you need financial assistance or debt advice, there are a number of organisations that can help you.
- The government money advice service offers impartial and confidential advice over the phone or online
- Citizens Advice Leicestershire offer free, impartial and confidential advice
- Turn2us helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services
- The Severn Trent Trust Fund provides grants to individuals and families in Leicestershire who need support with their water charges and other essential household costs
- If you’re a member of a Union, you can get help with sorting out your finances and advise on benefits. You may be able to get a grant to help with household bills, ease debts or help with the cost of a much needed break
- The Royal British Legion offer financial support, if you’re the dependent or unpaid carer of someone who served in the UK’s armed forces
- Our Warm Homes service provides free, independent advice to help you reduce your energy bills