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.