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Benefits, managing money and paying for care

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General information about benefits for carers

The government provides a variety of benefits for both you and the person you care for and you should not be reluctant to claim them.

As a carer, you may be entitled to some benefits, whether you do paid work or not. The welfare benefits system is complicated and if you plan to claim benefits it is important to speak to an advice service first as your claim for benefits may affect the benefits for the person you care for.

Benefits you may be entitled to include:

  • carer’s allowance
  • carer’s premium
  • income support
  • housing benefit and council tax benefit.
  • working tax credit and child tax credit.

For more information, see the directgov website or contact your local JobCentre Plus or Citizen’s Advice Bureau; details are at the end of this booklet. If you are unsure of your entitlements and you feel that you require assistance in accessing the benefits system, you can ask the customer advisors at Wiltshire Council for a benefits check: call 0300 456 0111.

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Last updated: 24 February 2014

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