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Event to Help Carers Claim Their Rights in North Yorkshire

Event to Help Carers Claim Their Rights in North Yorkshire

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 9:22am 3rd December 2010.

Thousands of people looking after sick or disabled relatives at home may be missing out on vital benefits and support – and it could have a big effect on their pensions.

 

Carers can find out more by attending a special Carers Rights Day event organised by Scarborough Library on Friday 3rd  December  between 1pm and 4pm.

 

The event will be attended by representatives from Scarborough Borough Council Benefits Service, and North Yorkshire County Council’s Access to Services as well as a host of other local voluntary organisations providing help and support for Carers.

 

County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member for Adult and Community Services, said:  “Making ends meet is at the top of everyone’s agenda at the moment, but carers face a particularly tough battle to get by.   On top of the stresses of caring for a loved one, carers often have to cope with higher bills and the costs of caring while being unable to work because of their caring responsibilities.

 

“I urge anyone looking after a friend or family member to come along to this event at Scarborough Library, where they can get advice and information on how to get the benefits and support that they deserve.”

 

  1. In a Carers UK survey, half of the carers providing substantial care said they took longer than two years to realise that they were a carer and begin to access any support.
  2. Carers Rights Day is a national event organised by the charity Carers UK. In
  3. Caring about your pension will also be available in all 1700 Lloydspharmacy stores. Visit wwwlloydspharmacy.co.uk to find your local store.
  4. Carers UK have produced an information booklet for carers who want information about their entitlements called Looking After Someone? – A guide to carers’ rights and benefits. A new booklet Caring about your pension has also been produced. Carers can order copies of the booklets by calling CarersLine on 0808 808 7777

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