Do you care for someone? Have you heard of the Carer’s Support Payment? The Carer’s Support Payment is a single payment of £250. It is for unpaid carers to spend on themselves, for example to maintain health and wellbeing, or for a short break from caring.
You can apply if you are an unpaid carer, at least 16 years old and not at school, who is providing substantial and regular care for a partner, friend or relative. The person you care for must be:
- an adult aged 16 or over
- eligible for adult Social Care Services
- receiving Attendance Allowance or Disability Allowance middle rate care component or Personal Independence Payment daily living component
- living in Edinburgh
If you think you’re eligible – call Social Care Direct on 0131 200 2324. You will be asked a few questions and a form will be sent out for you to fill in and return. Carers have until 28 February 2015 to apply, but be quick because there is a limited fund for this payment and applications are based on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and payments can’t be guaranteed. So get your application in and good luck!