Unpaid carers in Wales can apply for £300 support grant

Cash to assist unpaid caregivers who are enduring financial difficulties.

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Caregivers of an adult or child with a disability will be able to apply for grants of up to £300 to pay for food, home products, and electronics.

Also accessible will be support services such as counselling, financial help, wellness, and peer support.

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It is part of a £4.5 million Welsh Government commitment in the Carers Support Fund over the next three fiscal years, with £1.5 million allocated annually.

The cash will assist unpaid caregivers who are enduring financial difficulties as a result of the cost-of-living issue and ongoing epidemic effects.

High energy bills to keep their homes warm, the expense of travel to medical visits, specialised equipment, and nutritional requirements can make it difficult for unpaid caregivers to cover the costs associated with providing care.

In response to mounting evidence that unpaid caregivers were struggling to manage the financial effects of the pandemic, a £1 million Carers Support Fund was formed in October of 2020.

Since its inception, more than 10,000 low-income unpaid caregivers in Wales have accessed the scheme, for which additional money of £1.4m was given the following year. Seventy percent of funding were distributed through a food or non-food voucher programme.

A three-year investment will boost the Welsh Government’s aims to overhaul social care by safeguarding and expanding services for a vulnerable population.

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Grant eligibility is unrelated to Carer’s Allowance, pensions, or other benefits. How to apply for the funding will be posted on the website of Carers Trust Wales.

Deputy Minister for Social Services Julie Morgan said: “The role played daily by unpaid carers across Wales immeasurably improves the health, well-being, safety and quality of life of those they care for, whilst very significantly reducing the burden on health and social care services.

“I hope this funding will support those experiencing financial hardship during the cost-of-living crisis.

“I’ve spoken to many carers who have told me the difference the fund has made to their lives, such as being able to pay for Christmas dinner and replace vital white goods, and am delighted we can continue it for the next three years.”

Simon Hatch, Director of Carers Trust Wales, said: “We are delighted the Welsh Government have recognised the importance of this crucial fund and have extended its delivery over the next three years.

“The Carers Support Fund has already reached more than 10,000 unpaid carers in Wales with grants and services to help them get by every day.

“With the increasing cost of living hitting carers hard, the extended fund will allow us to support thousands more carers with the practical and financial support they need.”

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