"Thousands of people in and around Andover may be missing out on the support they are entitled to, for looking after a sick or disabled relative at home. Today, at The Bridge, people can find out more, thanks to The Princess Royal Trust for Carers Andover, who have arranged a special Carers Rights Day Information Event."
"Kerry Wincott is to be congratulated for organising this event, and it was good to see the Housing Benefit Team from TVBC, Age Concern Andover, Andover CAB and other organisation manning the stalls."
Research by Carers UK shows us that older carers face particular hardship through missing out on work opportunities, often having to retire early because of their caring role, and not having the opportunity to top up their pension with a part time job. It is vital that carers know their rights to benefits such as Pension Credit, to ensure that they get the support they need.
There are over six million carers in the UK, who provide essential support saving the country £57 billion each year, equivalent to the cost of the NHS. Every year over 2.3 million people become carers. Many of these people remain unaware of the benefits and services that are available to them.
It's a real concern that carers in my constituency may not be getting all the help they are entitled to. Carers need support -they save the country a fortune and without them, the NHS and social care system would collapse. Research has shown that many carers are living in poverty where they, and it is vital that they are given information about their rights so that they get the support they need.
Carers can order a free Carers Rights Guide from Carers UK by visiting www .carersuk.org, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling the freephone hotline: 0808 808 7777.
Carers can now claim Carerís Allowance online at: www.dwp.gov.uk/carersallowance/index.asp. This has proved very popular with carers who have used it.
Further information on issues affecting carers can be found at the Carers UK website; www.carersuk.org.
Other useful links:
www .carers.gov.uk and www.dwp.gov.uk