One area that the government in the UK show support to those who need to care for another person, is to offer a carers allowance. This is the main welfare benefit for carers and can be the difference between being able to look after a family member yourself or not. You don’t have to be related to, or even living with the person you are caring for; however, if the role takes up 35 hours a week or more then you are entitled to this very crucial benefit. If you are unsure whether or not you are eligible, you can contact Carers Allowance customer services. There will be someone who can deal with any queries or concerns you have on the carers allowance customer service number 0871 423 0116.
The History of Carers Allowance
The carers rights movements aimed to recognise that people who give up their time ‘voluntarily’ to care for others should be financially compensated for their time. Many carers do not have the option to enter the paid working environment, due to the time they spend looking after or caring for a vulnerable friend or relative.
Since the 1950s, the UK carers have been seeking to gain recognition and have become increasingly organised in providing improved care. The Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995 was the first piece of UK legislation to formally recognise the role of carers. The Carers National Association was formed by the merger of two existing voluntary organisations in 1998 and was renamed Carers UK in 2001.
Carers Allowance Today
Across the UK 6.5 million people are carers who are looking after a vulnerable friend or family member. The care that is provided can be at any time of the day or night and is applied whether the person lives with you or not. It is not linked to your savings or National Insurance Contributions record and is taxable.
Carers allowance is paid directly to carers and has a set weekly rate. This usually increases each year in April. In order to qualify for this allowance there are certain conditions that have to be met. You have to be looking after someone who gets a qualifying disability benefit, look after that person for at least 35 hours a week, be aged 16 or over and not in full time education. There are also restrictions to how much you can be earning in order to qualify for this (currently £110 a week). There are so many different criteria placed on this allowance that you may be wondering, how do I contact Carers allowance customer services? The carers allowance contact number 0871 423 0116 is the ideal starting point for you to talk through your situation with someone over the phone.
With any benefit, each person’s personal situation has to be taken in to account, and there are also extra conditions within each of the qualifying restrictions. The carers allowance phone number for customer services 0871 423 0116 can answer any queries you have about the additional qualifying restrictions, or any issue in relation to carers allowance. Although there are many different ways you can read up about this allowance, the customer services team are ready and waiting to help address any concerns, or answer any questions you can have. This allowance is a crucial way to recognise the financial contribution that each carer has to make, when they dedicate their time and efforts to someone that they love. Roughly 6000 people start looking after someone each day and the carers allowance is there to support them whilst they help and support someone who is vulnerable and dear to them.