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Availability of Benefits and Access to Funding for Family Carers

This is the second part of an article from Amanda King Jones (See Volume 2, Issue 6 for part).

In this issue Amanda summarises a number of different areas of law relating to benefits, funding and welfare rights of private Carers.

She looks at the position from the prospective of the carer, in contrast to the elderly client, who is so often the focus of attention and advice.

1 November 1997

This is the second part of an article from Amanda King-Jones (See Volume 2, Issue 6 for part 1).

In this issue Amanda summarises a number of different areas of law relating to benefits, funding and welfare rights of private Carers.

She looks at the position from the prospective of the carer, in contrast to the elderly client, who is so often the focus of attention and advice.

Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance

These benefits relate to the practical effects of an illness or disability. They are tax free and do not depend on national insurance contributions. Payment is not affected by the person's savings nor usually by their income. These benefits can be claimed whether the person lives alone, with their family or with other people. The allowance is payable to the person requiring care NOT the Carer.

People whose needs develop after the age of 65 should claim attendance allowance. People whose needs start be...

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