Posted: Mon 16th May 2022

Unpaid carers in Flintshire can apply for the one-off £500 support payment from today

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, May 16th, 2022

A two-month window has opened for unpaid carers in Flintshire to claim a £500 support payment from the Welsh Government. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Almost 2,400 unpaid carers across the county are eligible for the payment which is in recognition of the pivotal role they have played during the pandemic. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The payment is part of a £29m investment in unpaid carers from the Welsh Government and recognises the financial and emotional hardship many have experienced. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Welsh Government said it “hoped a payment will go some way to easing those pressures, as well as recognising the value of their caring role over the last year to Wales’ health and social care system.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Unpaid carers who are receiving Carer’s Allowance on March 31st this year will be eligible for the payment. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

An unpaid carer is someone who cares for a partner, relative or friend who has an illness of disability. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Carers Allowance is paid to people caring for at least 35 hours a week, who care for someone receiving certain benefits and who earn no more than £128 a week. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Across Wales there are an estimated 57,130 people in receipt of Carers Allowance in Wales. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Flintshire Council’s website states: “If you believe you may qualify for this support, you can submit a claim through this website from 9am on 16 May 2022.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“All registration forms must be received before 5pm on 15 July 2022.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Payments for successful claims will be made from June through to the end of September 2022.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Please note, you should register with the Council where you live, not the Council where the person you care for lives (if it is different).” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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