Sometimes caring for a loved one can have an impact on your financial wellbeing. As part of your carer’s assessment, you may be provided with a one-off payment or a personal budget to help you in your caring role.
As a carer, you may also be entitled to certain benefits.
If you provide care for someone for 35 hours a week or more, you may be eligible to claim carer’s allowance.
Carer’s allowance is paid at £66.15 per week. It is not a contributory benefit, meaning the amount you are entitled to is not determined by how much National Insurance you’ve paid. However, there is a cap on how much you can earn from work and still be entitled to carer’s allowance.
Carers allowance website
Where to get benefits advice?
If you are seeking benefits advice for either yourself or the person you care for, a number of organisations and websites can help.
If you live, work, or study in the London Borough of Merton you can book an advice session or have a drop-in appointment; the website also has information about how to access different types of benefit.
7 Crown Parade
326 London Road
Welfare benefits service
The welfare benefits service offers residents in Merton help and advice with benefits.
This service can offer advice about whether you are entitled to certain benefits, allowances, and tax-credits; help you to fill in forms and send them to the right place; and help with the first stage of Department for Work and Pensions appeals.
You can come and talk to a Welfare Benefits Officer at the Civic Centre every Wednesday and Thursday. To arrange an appointment, please get in touch using the contact details below.
Welfare Benefits Team
Merton Civic Centre
Telephone: 020 8545 4178
Fax: 020 8545 3690