Carers urged to check benefit entitlement

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CARERS have been urged to check that they are receiving their complete benefit entitlement.

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland gave the advice at the launch of this year’s Carers NI guide ‘Looking after Someone’.

Mr. McCausland said: “Carers play an important role in society and sometimes their own needs are overlooked. Many carers may not realise that they may be entitled to a number of benefits such as Carer’s Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit, Employment and Support Allowance and Job Seekers Allowance to name but a few.

“Carers’ Rights Day is an opportunity to let people know what support, through the benefits system, is available for them. I would urge all carers today to Make the Call to the Benefit Advice Line, 0800 232 1271, to ensure they are getting all the financial help they are entitled to.” Carers Northern Ireland’s advice and information service can be contacted on 028 9043 9843 or email