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Carer’s Rights Day

Carers Rights Day is a national campaign that brings organisations together to help carers in their local community know their rights and find out how to get the support they are entitled to.

This year it takes place on Friday 30 November and its theme is Caring for Your Future.

Its aims are to:

  1. Make carers aware of their rights
  2. Let carers know where to get help and support
  3. Raise awareness of the needs of carers

Every day thousands of people become carers, looking after family or friends who are older, disabled or seriously ill.  Many unpaid carers aren’t aware of their rights and don’t know the support they’re entitled to.

Carers Rights Day is organised by Carers UK and the objective behind it is to raise awareness of the lack of recognition, social exclusion, reduced opportunities, reduced mobility, low income, and the impact upon the mental and physical health of unpaid carers, caused by caring for another person.

According to Carers UK:

  • 1 in 8 adults (around 6.5 million people) are unpaid carers
  • By 2037, it's anticipated that the number of carers will increase to 9 million.
  • Every day another 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility – that equals over 2 million people each year.
  • 58% of carers are women and 42% are men.
  • Over 1 million people care for more than one person.

If you care for someone at least 35 hours a week and they get certain benefits you may be able to get Carer’s Allowance. You do not have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for. For each week you get Carer’s Allowance you’ll automatically get National Insurance credits. If you live in Scotland and get Carer’s Allowance, you may also get Carer’s Allowance Supplement.

You may also be able to apply for:

  • Support from your local council
  • A Council Tax reduction
  • Income Support if you’re on a low income
  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance if you cannot work because of a medical condition or disability
  • Pension Credit if you’re over working age

Your State Pension is based on your National Insurance record. Carer’s Credit is a National Insurance credit that helps with gaps in your National Insurance record. You could get Carer’s Credit if you’re caring for someone for at least 20 hours a week. Your income, savings or investments won’t affect eligibility for Carer’s Credit.  You can apply for Carer’s Credit if you’re not on Carer’s Allowance or Income Support.

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