You can find out about Carers and Disability benefits on the GOV.UK website.
However, the maze of benefits can be difficult to navigate so we recommend that you contact one of the local Carers organisations, already listed on these pages who will be able to advise and help you understand and apply.
Other organisations who can help with benefits advice
The KIDS Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) in Kingston and Richmond offers advice and support across a wide range of subjects. This may include help with personal budgets and how to use the Local Offer plus:
- support with understanding reports and letters, attending meetings and preparing for assessments and reviews
- information and signposting to support services in your area
- support with Transition and Preparing for Adulthood
- support with and signposting to mediation
- advice and support on benefits
Young people over the age of 16 years can also get individual support and advice from SENDIASS.
Contact (previously Contact a family)
Contact have lots of information on their website about financial matters and advice is also available through the National Contact helpline.
Citizens Advice are experts in all kinds of benefits and have lots of useful information on their website. They will advocate on your behalf with authorities to help sort out benefits and other financial issues. There are Citizens Advice Centres locally and you can search for your nearest one on the national website.
Charitable funding and grant information
You can find a list of organisations that offer grants or funding that can be used towards short breaks, equipment and other things under the Local and National Advice and Support section on this website.
Discounts for Carers
Discounts For Carers is a benefit provider for carers, and is also available to their families and any retired carers. From holidays to car insurance, mobile phones to fashion the offer exclusive deals from top names. It is free to join.