If you are unable to work full-time because you are caring for someone with a disability or health problem‚ you might be able to claim Carer’s Allowance. If you are under pension age‚ you will also get National Insurance credits each week towards your pension.
It may not be paid if you are receiving a State Pension or certain other benefits - however‚ it may be a good idea to apply anyway because you could get extra help with Pension Credit and/or Housing Benefit instead.
Carer’s Allowance can sometimes continue in payment for short periods if the person you care for dies or if you have a break from caring.
If you, or an older person you know needs advice, information or practical support on a wide range of issues including welfare benefits, community care, housing and health, contact the Age NI Advice Service on Freephone 0808 808 7575 to speak to a specialist advisor in confidence. Our advisors can provide a free benefit check to ensure that older people are accessing the benefits they are entitled to.
Last year our Advice Service dealt with more than 15,000 calls from older people in need. Call the Age NI Advice Service today to make sure that you are receiving all the help and support available to you.
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