Carers mssing out on benefits

THOUSANDS of people in Suffolk could be missing out on the support they are entitled to for looking after a sick or disabled relative, friend or neighbour, it was claimed today.

THOUSANDS of people in Suffolk could be missing out on the support they are entitled to for looking after a sick or disabled relative, friend or neighbour, it was claimed today.

There are an estimated 95,000 family carers in the county and many of them could be missing out on vital financial support in the form of grants like the Carer's Allowance and Pension Credit.

Those they look after could be missing out on Disability Living Allowance, Income Support, incapacity benefit and others.

David Cunliffe, of Suffolk Family Carers, said: “Many people who are caring for friends or relatives often don't see themselves as a carer.

“They are simply helping out a loved one and money is not the first thing they are thinking of.”

This Friday is Carers' Rights Day and aims to highlight the support that is available to those who are caring for people at home.

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Nationally, it is estimated that around 40pc to 60pc of disability benefits remain unclaimed and last year's event led to an extra 20,000 additional carers across the country claiming benefits.

Suffolk Family Carers will be holding an information day at their centre in Claydon where people can find out more.

Chris Mole MP will answer questions from family carers while a number of other speakers will talk about benefits, rights and assessments.

Displays will also be put up in libraries, hospitals and supermarkets around the county.

Supermarket displays will be held at Somerfield in Saxmundham from Monday November 28 to Friday December 2, Tesco in Copdock on Thursday December 1, and Waitrose in Sudbury on Friday December 2.

Suffolk Family Carer's information event will be held from 10am to 1pm on Friday at Suffolk Family Carers Information and Support Centre at the Hill View Business Park in Claydon.

If you are a family carer and interested in attending call Suffolk Family Carers on 01473 835400.

Weblink: www.suffolk-carers.co.uk

www.carersuk.org

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