As a carer there may be a number of benefits which you could be entitled to help you with any costs you may incur. In addition to this, the person you are caring for may also be entitled to benefits.
Your local Citizens Advice provides free, confidential and professional advice, including a benefits check service.
The Carers UK benefits calculator can also help you find out about benefits and entitlements.
Looking after someone else's affairs
If you are looking after the finances of the person you care for, or you think you may be in the future, you may wish to explore more about the legal aspects, like power of attorney.
For more information on managing someone else's affairs visit the Citizens Advice website.
Are you aged 18 to 24?
Action for Carers specialist Young Adult Carer Support team can help you. They know all about housing, finance, work and looking at costs for everyday living, college or university. Plus you get to meet other young people who understand your situation.
Carers Allowance is the main benefit for carers, and is for people providing at least 35 hours of care each week. Although a low amount, it can help make a difference to your finances.
Where to find out more about Carers Allowance
This useful booklet helps you understand your welfare benefits entitlement.
And more details on the Government website.