‘Other Rights’ we have as carers that you may not know about

A series of blog posts for Carers Rights Day – 25th November 2021

Flu Jab for CarersAn Annual Flu Jab

The flu vaccine or “jab” is offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu.

The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to people who receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick.

You can book an appointment at your GP surgery or a pharmacy that offers the Flu Jab.
If you have informed your GP surgery that you are an unpaid family carer, you may get an annual invitation to get the vaccine – one less thing to remember! However you do not have to wait for your invitation before booking an appointment.

The best time to have the flu vaccine is in the autumn or early winter before flu starts spreading.

Sea CoastA Break

This one is a right and a reminder; we are entitled to breaks!

Caring for another person can be fulfilling, exciting, enjoyable, but also tiring and stressful. Taking a break from your responsibilities is important so you can recharge and look after your health.

Breaks can take many different forms. You could take half an hour out of your daily routine to read your favourite book or maybe even take a trip away to see the sea! Often respite care is needed, this means taking a break from caring, while the person you care for is looked after by someone else.

There are lots of respite care options. They range from getting a volunteer to sit with the person you look after for a few hours, to a short stay in a care home so you can go on holiday. The person you look after could go to a day care centre. Or, a paid carer could visit them at their home to look after them.

If you’d like some help to take a break, call our advice line on 0113 380 4300 for support and practical tips on how you can get some time away from your caring role.

If your finances are preventing you from taking a break, you can apply to the time for carers grant scheme or sign up to Carefree, see details below.

You can also take a look at www.disability-grants.org or www.turn2us.org.uk for financial help.

Time for Carers

The Time for Carers fund can provide an unpaid carer with a payment of up to £250 so that you can have a break from caring. The scheme is funded by Leeds City Council and administered by Carers Leeds.

Any unpaid carer is potentially eligible to apply to the Time for Carers fund, it is not means tested. The person with care needs must live in the Leeds area. For more information click the button below.

Link: Time for Carers

Carefree – Breaks for unpaid carers

Carefree transform vacant accommodation into vital breaks for unpaid carers. Thanks to the generosity of our Hospitality Partners, we are able to offer short breaks at minimal cost for full-time unpaid carers in need of some time off.

There are two options:

  • Hotel: 1-3 nights with 1 companion (adult or child). Twin or Double room. Breakfast included.
  • Holiday Cottage: 7 nights with 1 adult companion and/or up to 2 children. Self-catering.

To qualify for a break, you must be aged 21 or over and a full-time unpaid carer (30+ hours per week) and able to pay for extras (£25 admin fee, transport, food, travel insurance etc).

Link: Carefree Space

Finance MoneyFinancial Entitlements

It is important to know what benefits you and the person you care for are entitled to.

Working out what benefits or tax credits you might be entitled to can feel like a battle. Having the right information and support can make a huge difference.

Take a look at these informative guides from Carers UK:

Calculator DiscountCouncil Tax Discounts

If you are a carer and you live in the same property as the person you care for, you might be able to get a discount on Council Tax. Below is a list of criteria for a carer related discount:

  • you must provide care for at least 35 hours a week
  • you must live in the same property as the person you care for
  • you must not be the spouse or partner of the person you care for, or their parent if you care for a child under 18
  • the person you care for must be getting either the middle or higher rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance OR the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment at any rate OR Attendance Allowance at any rate

You do not have to claim Carer’s Allowance to qualify for this discount, and your income and savings will not affect your eligibility.

If you think this applies to you, speak to your local authority to ask how to apply for the discount.

Discounts for Carers

Whether you’re a paid or unpaid carer, https://discountsforcarers.com/ have a huge range of discounts, money-saving deals and vouchers that you’re entitled to

TrainCan carers go free on trains?

Although there is no official scheme which allows carers to travel on trains and buses for ‘free’, the good news is if the person you care for has a Disabled Person Railcard (which saves them a third off of travel) and you are travelling with them, then you are also entitled to the same discount.

What is a Companion Bus Pass?

If the person you care for qualifies for a Blind or Disabled Person’s pass and are unable to travel alone, they may be entitled to a companion pass.

You may qualify for a companion pass if you are unable to travel alone and:

  • Have or are eligible for a Blind Person’s Pass, or if you
  • Have or are eligible for a Disabled Person’s Pass AND are in receipt of one of the following benefits:
    • Higher rate care disability living allowance
    • Higher rate attendance allowance
    • PIP – enhanced rate daily living
    • PIP – at least 10 points on the ‘Planning and following a journey’ activity

Read more about the benefits of a Companion Pass here.

Carers Leeds supports unpaid carers:

Carers Advice Line: 0113 380 4300
Carers Advice Email: advice@carersleeds.org.uk