Carers Credit – are you missing out?

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have revealed that 95% of carers who are entitled to Carers Credit are not claiming it.

Carers UK is highlighting the crucial importance of getting the right information and advice out to carers.

The charity which provides expert advice, information and support for people who care for a disabled, seriously-ill or older loved one is encouraging carers to get in touch and find out what support is available to them.

The Carer’s Credit helps build the National Insurance contributions of those who’ve taken time away from work to care for loved ones. Nearly 200,000 people who care for a disabled, seriously-ill or older loved one, who are not entitled to Carer’s Allowance (the main benefit for carers), could receive a boost to their pension by claiming Carer’s Credit. Taking up Carer’s Credit for a year means a carer could receive over £200 extra per year in State Pension when they retire. Women in their 50s are particularly likely to be amongst those missing out.

There is more information on the Carers UK website.

For advice on benefits you can contact York Carers Centre advice worker Andrew Davies on 01904 715490.