The Welsh Government have announced that a one-off £500 payment is to be made available to all eligible unpaid carers in Wales who were in receipt of Carers Allowance on 31 March 2022.
The payment is being made in recognition of the increased financial pressures many unpaid carers have experienced during the pandemic, and to help with some of the additional costs they have incurred. The payment is targeted towards those individuals who care for someone for at least 35 hours a week.
Individuals are not eligible for the payment if:
- You have an underlying entitlement to Carers' Allowance but do not receive a payment because they are in receipt of another benefit at the same or higher rate OR
- You only receive a carer premium within a means tested benefit
The eligibility rules of the scheme have been determined by Welsh Government and there is no discretion to vary the terms of the payment.
Local Authorities are administering this scheme on behalf of Welsh Government. We will be writing to those customers identified through our records advising them to register. To receive the payment you are required to complete an on-line registration form.
If you have not received a letter from us by the 16 May 2022 and believe you may qualify for this support, you will be able to submit an application form which can be accessed by entering www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk and selecting the 'Unpaid Carers' Support Grant - Application' link in our Most Popular Section.
All registration forms must be received before 5pm on 15 July 2022. Payments for successful claims will be made by BACS transfer into the relevant persons account from June through to the end of September 2022.
You should register with the council responsible for the area in which you live, not the council where the person you care for lives (if it is different).
Carers Wales: Provides advice and information to carers and the professionals who support carers.
- advice line - Monday to Friday: 0808 808 7777
All Wales Forum: Provides a national voice to empower parents and carers of people with learning disabilities.
Carers Trust Wales: Committed to improving support and services for unpaid carers.