As a carer you may be able to claim benefits to help you with your caring role.
For advice and information about benefits you may be entitled to and help to claim them, visit the Community Advice Hubs.
Our Here2Help pages have information about support with food, fuel and energy, financial advice and wellbeing.
You can also visit Carers Trust Solihull for help and advice.
You should be able to claim Carer's Allowance if you:
- are aged 16 or over
- care for someone for 35 hours each week or more.
- you have been in England, Scotland or Wales for at least two years in the last three
- you normally live in England, Scotland or Wales
- you are not in full-time education
- you are not studying for more than 21 hours a week
- you earn less than £102 a week
To claim Carer's Allowance now, you can:
- apply online through the government website
You can also contact the Carers Trust Solihull for support in applying for a Carer’s Allowance.
Help, advice and support for carer benefits
In addition to the Carer's Allowance there are a number of other benefits you may be entitled to. The government website has a full list of benefits and financial support available if you're caring for someone.
It is also important to understand that benefits you receive to help with your caring role could affect the benefits of the person that you care for.
For help and advice over which benefits you are entitled to you can:
- visit the Carers Trust Solihull website
- visit the Age UK Solihull website
Further advice and information is also available from:
- Carers UK help with benefits advice
- The Money Advice Service information on carer benefits and tax credits
Direct Payments for Carers
You may be entitled to a carers’ direct payment to support you in your caring role following a carers’ assessment.
To request a Carers Assessment, you can contact:
- Carers’ Trust Solihull on 0121 788 114
- Solihull Adult Social Care on 0121 704 8007
If you have been assessed and have a support plan, your benefit entitlement will be discussed as part of this with your social worker or a carers support worker from Carers Trust Solihull.