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Caring and finances

Information about managing debt, benefits, Power of Attorney and financial support if you are a carer for someone.

Dealing with extra costs

If you are struggling with the extra costs associated with caring, speak to one of our money advisers. They can help you to review your finances and look at options. This might include benefits or other support you are entitled to.

Your local Citizens Advice can also advise on housing and council tax benefits, tax credits, income support or carer’s allowance.

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Benefits calculator

Our benefits calculator will help you find out what benefits you can claim.

Financial assistance

If you need financial help, please apply. We cannot give regular or ongoing help but may be able to help with one off costs.

Depending on your individual situation, we may be able to help if:

  • extra costs are affecting your budget
  • you’ve had to reduce your hours at work or take unpaid leave
  • you need equipment to help in your caring role
  • you’ve had a carer’s assessment and the local authority cannot meet your identified needs.

We support current, former and retired civil servants and their dependants. Find out if you are eligible.

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Managing someone’s affairs

As a carer, you may be looking after someone who is unable to make decisions for themselves.

A registered Power of Attorney will allow you to manage a person’s financial affairs. There is also a Power of Attorney to manage someone’s care.

If you don’t have a Power of Attorney, you may be able to apply to become an appointee. If you have this, you will be able to manage someone’s benefits.

 

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How we can help and support you

Resources and support

Online platform packed with useful information and resources to help you manage your caring responsibilities.

Carer's Passport

Use our digital tool to reflect on and document your responsibilities as a care provider.

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We’re behind the scenes as civil servants. But we’re all important, we’re all doing something to help our community in our own way.”
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Got a question?

If you are not sure what you need or have question, contact us.

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