Benefits advice for carers

1. Overview

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

If you are an unpaid carer, you are entitled to a carer's assessment by Lancashire County Council. The carer's assessment will look at the different ways in which caring affects your life and how you can carry on doing the things that are important to you and your family. Your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing will be at the heart of your assessment. It will also consider other important issues, such as whether you are able or willing to carry on caring, whether you work or want to work, and whether you want to do more socially.

As a carer you may also qualify for Carer's Allowance, Carer's Credit and discounts or exemptions on your council tax.

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