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Whether you are a new carer or have been caring for someone for a while it’s important that you understand your rights and are able to access the support that is available to you as soon as you need it. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support. Each year. In November, every year Carers UK run a national day called Carers Rights Day to focus on raising awareness of the rights that unpaid carers have. Although this day is a very important day, we believe that carers rights should be represented every day of the year. 

Caring can be hard work – physically and emotionally. It’s important to find out about the different ways you can get help and support with caring and your rights. The links below should provide you with everything you need to know. If you can’t find what you are looking for please contact Caring for Carers on 01752 201890 or email caringforcarers@improvinglivesplymouth.org.uk and they will do their best to help. 

The Carers UK Looking after someone guide is for anyone who cares for family or friends. The guide outlines your rights as a carer and gives an overview of the practical and financial support available. 

We encourage all carers to read Being Heard – a guide to self-advocacy for carers The guide has been produced by Carers UK to help carers speak up for themselves and the person they care for. 

Advice Plymouth offer advice and information on a range of topics. To speak to someone who will assess your advice needs, please call 0300 3309 043 


Carers Allowance

Carer's Allowance is a benefit for anyone aged 16 or over who spends at least 35 hours each week caring for someone.  

How it Works 

If you care for someone at least 35 hours a week and they get certain benefits you will be entitled to claim carers allowance. 

You do not have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for. 

You do not get paid extra if you care for more than one person. 

If someone else also cares for the same person as you, only one of you can claim Carer's Allowance.  Find out more from GOV.UK and apply online

More Information about The Carer's Allowance: 

  • Age UK - a clear guide with general advice that is useful to all carers, not just older people 

  • Carers UK - includes a comprehensive guide and video 

Other Financial Help

You can use an online benefits calculator to find out what benefits you may be entitled to and how to claim for them. You'll need information about your income, outgoings, savings, and any benefits you currently receive. You can also check that the person you are caring for is receiving everything they are entitled to. 

If you pay council tax and are on a low income you can apply for council tax relief. You will need to do this through your local city or district council. 

Carersmart.org is a club from Carers Trust which gives you and the person you care for access to benefits, discounts, and exclusive special offers. They are currently offering cashback on shopping, better rates from energy providers, and discounts on insurance, holidays, and activities.