Carers eligible for free financial advice service

Help with money worries

Help with money worries

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New figures indicate there are more than 115,000 carers in Hertfordshire.

And half of them are likely to be juggling their care responsibilities with work, according to national statistics.

Herts County Council’s Money Advice Unit (MAU) offers free, impartial financial advice to carers living and working in Hertfordshire.

Last year, they worked with almost 1,200 carers, and cared-for people, and directly raised nearly £1.8 million in additional benefits for them.

Often this advice enables carers to remain in the workplace and reduce their hours.

Hertfordshire resident Anne Clark cares for her father who has vascular dementia and diabetes.

She contacted the MAU when she returned to work following breast cancer treatment. The unit reassured Anne that she would still be entitled to benefits even if she cut her working hours.

Anne said: “When you are working and caring, there are so many things going on at once, it can be difficult to see the wood for the trees.

“I didn’t know this service was available. Speaking to the Money Advice Unit opened up other sources of funding to me.”

Anne now works fewer hours and claims carers’ benefit. She added: “I would be lost without the advice I got because I didn’t know what help was out there.”

Cabinet Member for adult care and health, Colette Wyatt-Lowe, said: “We know that carers can struggle to juggle work and their caring requirements. This can have a negative impact on their health and wellbeing.

“We are committed to ensuring that carers stay fit, healthy and safe, supporting them to carry on working if they want to is just a part of this.”

All carers are entitled to a carers’ assessment, in line with requirements of the Care Act 2014, to help them get the advice and support they need to look after themselves and the person they care for.

For more details, see www.hertsdirect.org.uk/carers