Carers Benefit Information
If you spend at least 35 hours a week looking after someone you may be able to get a social security benefit as a full-time carer. You do not have to be living with the person you are caring for.
How to contact the Department of Social Care in Middlesbrough
In office hours:
Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 5.00pm
Fridays from 8.30 - 4.30pm
Telephone 01642 726004 or by using Minicom 01642 726980 (please use announcer)
In person - Middlesbrough House, 50 Corporation Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2YQ
Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 4.30pm and on Fridays from 8.30am - 4.00pm
Emergencies, out of office hours and weekends:
For emergencies, out of office and weekends you can telephone 08702 402994 or you can call using Minicom: 01642 602346
You can write: Middlesbrough Council Department of Social Care PO Box 505, Civic Centre, Middlesbrough TS1 9FZ
You can email - email@example.com
Website - www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/comments
There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.
- Caring for a parent
Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home
- Telling people
Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.
- Taking a break
Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.
- Housing and carers
Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.
- Benefits for carers
Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
- Benefits for the person you care for
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to
- Death and benefits
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
- Managing someone's legal affairs
Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after
- Other benefits
Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
- Personal and household finance
Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers
- Social fund
- Tax credits
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible