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If you're a carer you may be able to claim benefits, and receiving one may mean you qualify for others. Follow our guides to the main types of benefit you can claim.
If you need care and support, you may be entitled to benefits because of their condition. Find out more in this section.
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You and the person you care for could be entitled to many benefits that aren't directly connected to your caring role. These include benefits that can top up your income.
Carers and people who need care may be entitled to help with household finances, including discounts and exemptions from Council Tax and utility bills.
If you have don't have much money and have children or are in paid employment, you may be entitled to tax credits to boost your income.
What happens to carers benefits after someone they care for dies. Find out about what changes you may face, and new benefits you may wish to claim.
Page last reviewed: 07/01/2014
Next review due: 07/01/2016
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