Carers are missing out on £660 million every year

As much as £660 million of carers benefits were left unclaimed last year, a report from charity Carers UK has estimated.

Carers are defined in law as being unpaid family members, partners or friends who help a disabled, ill or frail person with the activities of daily living. However, people who provide just this kind of help fail to recognise themselves as carers, often thinking the word refers to paid care workers such as nurses, social workers and home helps and, as such, don’t apply for the support they deserve.

Carers Support Merton will be running an information and advice stand at The Link, Merton Civic Centre on Friday December 3rd to help people check to see whether they are entitled to this and many other benefits and support in their role as carers.

Councillor Andy Coles, London Borough of Merton’s Cabinet Member for Care Services said,

“An information day like this is essential as less than a third of carers are aware of their simple right to request an assessment of their own needs.”

The carers’ assessment can give carers access to help with home care, meals, emergency call systems, occupational therapy, equipment and having a break.

People who are unable to visit on the day can get advice by calling Carers Support Merton on 020 8640 4159.

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Notes to editors:

Cited figures come from Carers UK.

The Carers Support Merton information and advice stand is part of the fourth national Carers’ Rights Day organised by Carers UK. (www.carersuk.org )

One in eight people (over six million in the UK) currently have caring responsibilities and three in five people will have caring responsibilities at some point in their lives.

Carers make a significant contribution to society; on average worth £9,000 each, saving the nation £57 billion each year. For the London Borough of Merton it is estimated that carers contribution is worth £159 million each year.

Carers Support Merton is a charity and is affiliated to the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

Press Contact:
Matt Rickard
PR & Press Officer
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 3483