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Where to Find Funding if You're a Carer

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 12 Oct 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Funding For Carers Full-time Carers

If you are a full-time carer you may be entitled to Carer's Allowance to help you.Being a full-time carer requires a lot of your time, and in many cases people have to give up their main source of income. However, if you spend a minimum of 35 hours a week looking after a disabled person who is aged 16 or over.

You aren't entitled to Carer's Allowance if you are a full-time student with more than 21 hours spent under supervised study, or if you earn more than £95 after tax each week.

Carer's Allowance pays a maximum of £50.55 per week, an amount which is reduced depending on which other benefits you are receiving, such as state pensions.

When it comes to claiming for Carer's Allowance, the process is very simple. You can either request a claim form over the telephone by contacting your local benefits office.It is important, however, that once you have claimed you inform them of any changes to the circumstances of yourself or the person you are caring for.

According to the guidelines, the 'caring week' runs from Sunday to Saturday. This means that if you are a weekend carer, you could still be eligible to receive the allowance - provided you care for 35 hours or more.

Perfect Timing

If you are caring for someone who has recently been certain benefits, then you should apply for the Carer's Allowance straight away. These benefits include:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • War Disablement Pension

It is important that you claim as soon as possible because the benefit cannot be back-dated.

There are things that, as a carer, you will need to pay for, but it is important to bear in mind that when your needs are assessed, the amount you are awarded does not depend on the amount you can afford to pay.

When you are assessed, your needs will be looked at before the social services assess you affordability. The assessment of your finances will provide the council with the level at which you can support yourself and the person you are caring for.

As a carer, you will need to pay for things like home help, meals and any sitting services that are required and it is things like this that aren't included in what the Carer's Allowance covers.You can't however, be charged for things like help and advice, equipment from a therapist or transport to get to and from day centres.

The charges you do incur are based on the government's fairer charging policies, which basically outlines the things that you, as a carer, can and can't be charged for. It says that you can't be charged for services if it will result in you being left with less that the basic income support levels.

And Finally…

As a carer, you may be entitled to a reduction in council tax. This applies to those carers who live with the person they provide care for.To find out if you are eligible for a discount on your council tax bill, then you should get in touch with your local authority.

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Shell - Your Question:
My son is my full time career and I was woundering if we can get help with driving lessons for him so he can take me to hospital appointments eye.

Our Response:
Try your local council or your social worker, they may be able to point you in the direction of locally available funding. Carers Trust or Carers UK might also help.
GrantsExpert - 13-Oct-17 @ 2:21 PM
My son is my full time career and I was woundering if we can get help with driving lessons for him so he can take me to hospital appointments eye.
Shell - 12-Oct-17 @ 3:38 PM
can I get a loan of carers allowance for household items
steve - 29-Jun-17 @ 12:44 PM
My stepdaughter is blind and has cerebral palsy and has just had a brain tumour remove my wife has epilepsy and has just had a tia I had past my theory test but finding it had to pay for lesson is there any help I can get would make there life a whole lot better if I could drive
Jay - 15-Apr-17 @ 11:25 PM
hi my 13 year old boy has adhd/asd/extreme anxiety disorder/ dyslexia/ i don't work due to many appointments every week...i get carers also disability for him....im on my own also with 18 month girl....im moving in two weeks and have to pay 200 pounds for removal also had to buy my son alsorts to replace broken im sinking...i am paying out all the time im worried sick about moving i have not a pot to my name.....wish i worked to have more money its getting to me i cannot get a loan is there anyone who may help with a loan or grant on benefits or being im a full time carer please ? i cannot have a budgeting loan and owe i bought a new cooker !! help...
jai - 30-Mar-17 @ 11:32 PM
BumbleJaffa - Your Question:
hi, im a carer to my disabled 7 year old son Ryley who was born with a rare genetic disorder called Peters Anomaly which means he is blind in one eye and has nystagmus and reduced vision in the other, no depth perception means he falls over all the time, he also has a heart murmur and autistic tendencies, I get carers allowance and lower rate mobility DLA and middle rate care component, my partner has recently passed her driving test and were looking to get a car as it would help us a lot because we also have another 2 young children, im looking for anywhere that does grants to help buy a car if you can help in anyway or point us in the right direction?thank you

Our Response:
Have you tried
Motability ?
GrantsExpert - 30-Mar-17 @ 12:27 PM
hi, im a carer to my disabled 7 year old son Ryley who was born with a rare genetic disorder called Peters Anomaly which means he is blind in one eye and has nystagmus and reduced vision in the other, no depth perception means he falls over all the time, healso has a heart murmur and autistic tendencies, i get carers allowance and lower rate mobility DLA and middle rate care component, my partner has recently passed her driving test and were looking to get a car as it would help us a lot because we also have another 2 young children, im looking for anywhere that does grants to help buy a car if you can help in anyway or point us in the right direction? thank you
BumbleJaffa - 29-Mar-17 @ 10:13 AM
Hi there I'm a carer for my mum and get carers allowance. I also work part time (15 hrs). Do you know if there is any help towards health costs Eg glasses And I have heard about something called the carers support grant and that if you get carers allowance that it should automatically get in June evrey year. I've never received this. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Carriena - 23-Mar-17 @ 8:15 PM
Paperboy - Your Question:
Hi im a carer for my mother as she has several health issues and was wondering if I could get any help towards a car. My mother has a car but it is to small for me and uncomfortable for me to drive and it would help me out for when I get some free time to myself as I find myself stuck and on my own a car would help.

Our Response:
You will need to check carer's allowances or your mother may be able to get a bigger car on motability perhaps? Check out the Entitled To website.
GrantsExpert - 2-Mar-17 @ 2:29 PM
Hi im a carer for my mother as she has several health issues and was wondering if I could get any help towards a car. My mother has a car but it is to small for me and uncomfortable for me to drive and it would help me out for when I get some free time to myself as I find myself stuck and on my own a car would help.
Paperboy - 1-Mar-17 @ 2:16 PM
Hi I have a son with autism and spd he struggles to go out and use public transport I tried to pay for driving lessons myself but they got to expensive is there anywhere that can help me it would really help me to get my son out more he receives high care disability but low mobility n I receive carers for him
Terri - 8-Dec-16 @ 11:39 AM
Maria - Your Question:
Mother of a severely austistic son, recently passed driving theory, want to take lessons to drive but very expensive.

Our Response:
You may be able to apply to the motability scheme for a grant towards the cost of driving lessons. Take a look at this information on Disability Grants
GrantsExpert - 9-Nov-16 @ 11:21 AM
Mother of a severely austistic son, recently passed driving theory, want to take lessons to drive but very expensive.
Maria - 8-Nov-16 @ 11:45 AM
Mtmumnene - Your Question:
Hi, am a full time carer for my mum who is servelry disabled, she can get a car on the motabilty scheme but she obviously can't drive so is it possible I can get any funding for driving lessons.

Our Response:
No it's unlikely you can get funding for the lessons themselves but try the Turn 2 us Grants Search
GrantsExpert - 7-Nov-16 @ 11:09 AM
Hi, am a full time carer for my mum who is servelry disabled, she can get a car on the motabilty scheme but she obviously can't drive so is it possible I can get any funding for driving lessons.
Mtmumnene - 5-Nov-16 @ 1:38 AM
I've been a full time carer for my daughter since she was born 33 years ago, she has severe cerebral palsey and cannot do anything for herself. I'm finding living on carers allowance and income support so difficult, I have so many debts and arrears I don't know what to do. I never go out or spend any money on myself and as I'm getting older I'm getting more miserable.How do I find paid work I can do at home without affecting benefits too much?
Kathy - 22-Sep-16 @ 7:29 PM
Hi my daughter has anopthalmia she was born with no eyes she also has other problems she has a rib defect reflux I receive middle Rate disability living allowance for her and I get carers allowance I would like to learn to drive but can't afford to Is there any help out there to help with the cost please
Claire1988 - 17-Aug-16 @ 7:11 PM
Hi I care for my partner 24/7 he is disabled I would like to get my driving licence as I need to take him bk a for hospital appointments just wondering if there is any where I can get help from to to pay for the lessons thanks
Lisa - 16-Jun-16 @ 5:05 PM
Hi I'm 29,.single mum I have 3 kids lily 10 Lexi 6 Cole 5 ... Unfortunately Lexi got poorly around 2 years ago which as left her disabled,.so she is totally dependant on myself for her every need.. It's hard work,. Lexie hasn't got a diagnosis yet ,and is going down hill quickly...I'm looking for funding to help pay for crash course driving... If anyone can help point me in the right direction pls??
Lovelexie - 27-Mar-16 @ 9:55 AM
Hi I receive carers allowence for my 7 year old son and was wondering if there was any help out there to help me with driving lessons? Many thanks
Kaykien - 22-Jan-16 @ 2:31 PM
Mark Lindsay - Your Question:
Im a carer / personal assistant for a 22 year old male. He has a mild form of autism.I use my own vehicle a lot and it needs new tyres and a clutch.Can I claim anything to help ?I only work 20 hours a week with him

Our Response:
Do you work for a private employer or a local authority?
GrantsExpert - 17-Aug-15 @ 11:47 AM
Im a carer / personal assistant for a 22 year old male . He has a mild form of autism . I use my own vehicle a lot and it needs new tyres and a clutch . Can I claim anything to help ? I only work 20 hours a week with him
Mark Lindsay - 16-Aug-15 @ 5:12 PM
@bollyhi. Take a look at this article for more help
GrantsExpert - 8-Jul-15 @ 2:36 PM
Hi there is there any where I can apply for a free holiday o live in manchester I am severely disabled thanks
bollyhi - 4-Jul-15 @ 6:13 PM
ive been carer for my mum for 7yrs and shes just been awarded higher rate dla and ive been awarded carers allowance and i would like to learn to drive and ive been told i can get help with these i would be grateful for any information you can give me please
kirst - 14-Jul-14 @ 11:33 AM
My sibling has always taken aboard caring for my dad as she lives local,other siblings live USA and out of town - due to recent events my dad has been diagnosed with terminal cancer,I travel down to help with his caring,(55 hrs a week) I also work 30hrs p.w.I'm doing it for my dad,as he is my priority.I get no help financially whatsoever with helping her out. I'm out expense with extra fuel and my sibling gets her carers allowance plus gets £200 p.m.from my dad as he gets attendance allowance. I feel I'm not appreciated of the extra help I'm giving my sibling. Am I entitled to carers allowance also? Mindful.
Mindful - 14-Jun-13 @ 3:05 PM
I was a full time carer for my husband for 10 years, he was on full attendance allowance, and i was not able to claim carers allowance, i rang up for details to see if i could claim and was told no, because i had given my job up to look after him, without asking the DWP first, when my husband died and i had to ask for help, i was told my carers allowance lasted for 8 weeks after hubby had died, when i said i wasn`t getting it , the man asked why i hadn`t gone for it, and when i told him why, he couldn`t believe it, i should have been sent paper work out to claim, not everyone in the DWP know what they are supposed to do apparently.
chris - 24-Oct-12 @ 12:11 AM
How do you get to the applaction things should be simplier not everyone knows how to use a computrt
Lesley - 15-Jul-12 @ 1:52 PM
Im a full-time carer for somebody who gets disability living allowance and she has a mobility car, but isn't always well enough to drive it. Is there anyway at all I can get funding/grant for me to pass my driving test and drive the car for her?
jonny21 - 17-Mar-11 @ 10:26 AM
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