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More than 1,000 people not claiming carer's allowance in Neath Port Talbot

By The Neath Port Talbot Courier  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

Neath AM Gwenda Thomas

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MORE than a thousand people across Neath Port Talbot are not currently claiming carer’s allowance when they could be, it has been claimed.

Neath AM Gwenda Thomas is launching a campaign in a bid to encourage people to apply for the benefit.

Following research, Mrs Thomas has found that there are 1,475 people across the county who are not currently claiming carer’s allowance.

She is now asking if there are any of her constituents who are caring for family members or friends, who are not currently in receipt of the benefits to which they are entitled.

She said she is concerned about the numbers of people who are eligible to claim Carers Allowance, but who are not doing so.

To be eligible for the benefit you need to, be a carer aged 16 or over and need to care for someone for at least 35 hours per week.

You do not have to be related or live with the person that you care for.

Mrs Thomas said: "I have been concerned for quite a while about the numbers of carers across my constituency that are not in receipt of Carers Allowance.

"I have therefore decided to launch a campaign in my constituency to encourage people to apply for this allowance.

"The level of the benefit is currently £59.75 per week, which could make a real difference to carers lives."

The campaign launch will take place tomorrow at 11am (friapril4) at Mrs Thomas’ constituency office at 7 High Street, Pontardawe.

Representatives of Carers Wales (Neath Port Talbot), Sarah Rochira, Older Peoples Commissioner for Wales, and councillor John Rogers, who is the Carers Champion for Neath Port Talbot Council will be attending.

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  • mynyddgwair  |  April 03 2014, 7:39PM

    Happygirl,why not ask somebody reliable to sit with your son and point out to them that they can become a regular carer and apply for the allowance......or is it not that simple?

  • Steven_Stokes  |  April 03 2014, 4:17PM

    Sorry, it should have said 'do not *realise* the support...'

  • Steven_Stokes  |  April 03 2014, 4:15PM

    It is good to see that this is being highlighted. It is quite common that carers do not realised the support that is available to them and more should be done to promote this. Some people do not even recognise themselves as being carers and think that they are just doing what any good family member or friend would do. Crossroads Care Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot is a charity which works with, and supports, unpaid carers. Please do make contact with them if you need any help or advice http://tinyurl.com/o88raey I am very proud to be associated with this wonderful charity.

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  • Happygirl  |  April 03 2014, 2:01PM

    We are full time carers for our bipolar son, but can't get the allowance as we are Pensioners, so no help there! We can't even get relief help of Social Services or Mental Health or even his Psychiatrist and his Team. We are left to manage, with our health deteriorating and an old age which we should be able to have a little pleasure, like going down to the seaside. Even having a day out in places like Swansea and Cardiff are no no's, as we don't feel able to leave him. Sometimes it's not about money, but help of someone to free us for a few hours.

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  • missbuffay  |  April 03 2014, 1:31PM

    Doesn't the person being cared for have to be in receipt of a qualifying benefit such as DLA or PIP? With the new qualifying criteria for PIP, those numbers of eligible carers may drop considerably.

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