Carers are often at a financial disadvantage because of their caring situation. They may not be able to take up work, or only be able to work part-time. They may not be receiving the benefits to which they are entitled or may be which the person they care for is entitled. This is the reason we have teamed up with Citizen’s Advice and Rights Fife (CARF) to launch our new Income Maximisation Support for Carers.
CARF are specialists in offering personalised support to help people maximise the access to their rights. This independent support for carers helps them to ensure they receive all the benefits they may be entitled to, and if necessary, to support and advocate on their behalf to appeal decisions which they feel are incorrect. The service can also help carers to understand the financial benefits of taking paid work and can work with carers to developed a personalized ‘better off calculation’. This support is free, and available for anyone who defines themselves as a carer. The service supports carers in their experience as a carer and is in addition to other supports available to carers through other partners.
Our short video tells you how the support can work for you. Click here.
David Redpath, Business Development Manager with Citizen’s Advice and Rights Fife said, “We are delighted to be able to offer support to Fife’s carers. Our work with unpaid carers has shown us that sometimes they are challenged by the welfare benefits system and the additional costs that caring for someone can bring. This partnership between CARF and Fife’s Health & Social Care Partnership, means we can increase the offer of specialist support to carers who need it. We are confident that, with our support, many carers will get those benefits they are rightly entitled to, feel more valued and be financially better off.