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CARERS in Newtownabbey are being urged to check their benefit entitlement.

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland was speaking at the launch of this year’s Carers NI guide ‘Looking after Someone’, which provides advice on both financial and practical help available to carers in Northern Ireland.

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.

“I would urge all carers 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.”

Copies of the free booklet can be obtained by calling Carers Northern Ireland’s advice and information service on 028 9043 9843 or email advice@carersni.org.