Please Note: Our Benefits Advice operates on an appointment basis. Please get in contact with us to arrange an appointment to see our benefits advisor.
Date: Every Friday, 10am - 12noon (by appointment only)
Venue: Hartlepool Carers Centre, 19a Lowthian Road
Support offered to Carers to ensure they are receiving their full entitlement of benefits. Available to all registered Carers with Hartlepool Carers.
General Benefits Advice
There is a range of benefits, tax credits and other financial support that you may be able to receive as a carer. This is a brief guide of what you may be entitled to.
You may be able to claim Carer's Allowance if you are aged 16 or over and you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone. For further information and how to apply plase visit the GOV.UK website by clicking here.
Direct Payments for Carers
If you have been assessed as needing support services to help you in your caring role, you can choose direct payments. They allow you to buy in and arrange help yourself instead of receiving it directly from social services. For further information please visit the GOV.UK website by clicking here.
Caring and Your Pension
If you are not working or do not earn enough to pay National Insurance contributions because you are caring for someone, you may still be able to build up an entitlement to additional State Pension. As a carer you may also qualify for extra Pension Credit. For further information please visit the GOV.UK website by clicking here.
Child Tax Credit
Child Tax Credit is a means-tested allowance for parents and carers of children or young people who are still in full-time education. You may get an extra amount if you are caring for a disabled child. For further information please visit the GOV.UK website by clicking here.
Sure Start Maternity Grant
This is a one-off payment to help towards the costs of a new baby if you are on a low income and receiving certain types of financial support, including Income Support and Child Tax Credit, with an extra amount for a disabled child. Please visit the GOV.UK website for further information by clicking here.
If you are a lone parent, you may be able to claim Child Maintenance from your child's other parent through the Child Support Agency. You may get an extra amount if you have extra costs because your child is disabled. Please visit the GOV.UK website for further information by clicking here.
Home and Housing
If you are on a low income and need financial help to pay your rent, you may be able to get Housing Benefit. You may get extra money if you are caring for a disabled child or adult. For further information please visit the GOV.UK website by clicking here.
Help with Council Tax
If you are on a low income and need financial help to pay your Council Tax, you may be able to get Council Tax Benefit. You may get extra money if you are caring for a disabled child or adult. For further information please visit the GOV.UK website by clicking here.
Vehicles and Transport
The Motability Scheme
The Motability Scheme helps disabled people buy or lease a car at an affordable price. If you care for a disabled person who does not drive, they can still apply to buy or lease a car through the Motability Scheme with you as their driver.
You can also apply for a car on behalf of a child aged three or over who is entitled to the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance.
Blue Badge parking scheme
The Blue Badge parking scheme provides a range of parking benefits for disabled people. If you are caring for a disabled person who does not drive, they can nominate you as their driver so that you can use their Blue Badge when driving them.
Disabled Persons Railcard
If you are caring for an adult who has a Disabled Persons Railcard, you can receive the same discount as them when you are travelling with them.
If you have a disabled child who has a Disabled Persons Railcard, they will travel at standard child fare, but you will receive a discount of one third off the standard adult fare when you travel with them.
For more information on any transport or vehicle support please visit the GOV.UK website by clicking here.
Accompanying a Disabled Person
Visiting places of interest
Many places of interest, including museums, sports venues, National Trust properties and English Heritage sites offer discounted or free admission to a companion accompanying a disabled person.
Cinema Exhibitors' Association Card
The Cinema Exhibitors' Association Card is a national card for disabled people. It entitles the holder to one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema. The card is valid for one year. Please visit the . for further information
For further advice and information get in contact with Hartlepool Carers on 01429 283 095. We offer a Drop In Service to ensure you are receiving all state benefits you are entitled too, and can provide much needed help and advice on a one-to-one basis.