You may be eligible for a Carer's Allowance if you look after someone.
You can find out if you're eligible for Carer's Allowance and make a claim on GOV.UK.
A carer is entitled to a carer's assessment.
The Care Act 2014 requires that Suffolk County Council check your Nationality or Immigration status as part of the eligibility assessment. This means collecting documentation from you which is securely stored.
The carer's assessment will be arranged by the local authority where the cared for person is ordinarily resident. This also includes looked after people who maybe homeless.
The assessment will find out if you're eligible for funded support from us to help you with your caring duties.
You can find more information on our carers assessment page.
More financial support for carers
To find out what other financial support may be available, you can visit:
- GOV.UK to find out what benefits and allowances exist for carers, including carer's credit
- Carers UK for financial advice, including a simple tool on benefits and entitlements
- Suffolk InfoLink to find local services that offer financial support for carers
Help for unpaid carers who are employed
As a family carer, you have rights at work.
Many websites offer advice on combining work or study with your caring role. These cover information on your rights at work, flexible working, support at work, and returning to work or study.
You can visit the following websites for more information.
- Suffolk County Council subscribe to Carers UK resources. You can find information for unpaid carers including who are in employment
- Carers Trust: Support for working carers
- Carers UK: Work and career
- GOV.UK: Time off for family and dependants
- Macmillan Cancer Support: Your rights at work
- As a carer you may be eligible to apply for a Carers Scholarship Fund to help you study for an Open University qualification for free