A national inquiry has established that, in the last few years, despite contributing more than ever in unpaid care, cuts to vital support have left many carers unable to afford basic household costs, cutting back on food and heating, and facing long-term debt and rent arrears.
A Northumberland charity is hosting Money Talks events around the county this year, where carers can speak directly to advisers able to help them think about their finances and the arrangements they need to consider.
The first event of the programme will be held at Morpeth Town Hall on Monday 19th May from 10am-2pm.
Carers Northumberland, supporting those providing unpaid care for a family member, friend or relative who is sick, ill, elderly or disabled, have seen a significant increase in the numbers of carers needing support and advice on benefits and financial matters.
Anne-Marie Johnstone, information officer for Carers Northumberland, said: ‘Many carers miss out on vital information and advice as they don’t identify themselves as carers; they may think they’re just helping out a relative, but if they’re providing support and care to someone on a regular basis they may be eligible for benefits such as Carers Allowance, which will help the family finances.”
Checking out entitlement to the many benefits and payments available can be daunting, but Carers Northumberland can help. In addition, tackling issues like fuel poverty, debt problems or Power of Attorney can help alleviate some of the financial stress felt by many carers. Carers at the event will be able to talk to several different advice organisations including the Citizens Advice Bureau, the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Welfare Rights Unit and local legal advice charity Legacare.
To book your place, contact Anne-Marie at Carers Northumberland on 01670 320 025/0844 800 7354 or email firstname.lastname@example.org