If you are a carer, your rights as an employee are covered by the Work and Families Act 2006, Employment Rights Act 1996 and Equality Act 2010.
If you are considering giving up work to become a full-time carer it is essential to seek advice about the benefits that you would be entitled to.
Carer’s Allowance is the main state benefit available to carers.
In addition, you and the person you care for may also be eligible for other benefits such as Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Personal Independence Payment (this list is not exhaustive).
If you have dependent children you may be able to get Child Tax Credit. If you have a mortgage you may be able to get help with this through Income Support or income-related Employment and Support Allowance.
Each person’s circumstances are different and so other benefits may be available to you that are not listed above. Eligibility for benefits also depends on your family circumstances, any savings you have and in some cases your National Insurance record as well as your status in the UK.
Our Welfare Advice and Support Service can help you decide which benefits you may be eligible for.