Benefits information The benefits system can seem confusing especially for Carers who's benefits are closely linked to those of the person they care for. Thankfully advice is available and we would recommend regular benefits checks, especially following a change of circumstances. If we can't help you, we can point you towards an expert who can. Many people have heard of Carers Allowance but not everyone is eligible as it depends on the amount of care provided, your income and whether the person you care for is on the correct disability benefit. Regardless of this, it is always worth checking your eligibility as even if you do not get Carers Allowance you may still be able to receive Carers Credit towards National Insurance contributions or an underlying entitlement which helps towards Pension Credit. Disability Benefits There are several types of disability benefits that may apply to the person you care for, or yourself if you also have a long term condition. These are non-means tested so their income is irrelevant when applying Attendance Allowance for people over 65 Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for adults under 65 Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is now just for children with disabilities however some adults are still in the process of being switched to PIP. Means Bested Benefits Other benefits are means-tested and often consider a couple's joint income. Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) supports those who can't work due to ill health. Housing & Council Tax benefits are paid by local borough councils to those on low income. Tax and Pension credits can top-up income for some people. Other Types of Support There is other support available which may not be benefit paid to you. Blue badges can be a practical help with parking if someone has mobility difficulties. Council Tax disregard can help reduce bills if someone has a 'severe mental impairment' such as dementia. These are via our local borough council. Getting Advice This is only a snapshot of the help available in terms of benefits and finances. We would always recommend getting a full benefits check, especially if you are new to caring or your circumstances change. Thankfully help is available. Carers UK & Carers Trust each produce useful guides. The Community Law Service provide benefit advice in Northamptonshire, they even attend our Northampton Coffee Morning once a month but please contact us to book a slot. Turn2Us have an online benefits calculator If you are caring for a loved one with dementia, our Dementia Care Advice information page may be useful. We hope this information is of use but please contact us if you want to discuss further.