SUPPORT FOR COUNTY’S CARERS
STEPHEN ARCHIBALD Chief Executive Carers Bucks
CARERS Rights Day takes place on November 25, a national campaign which brings unpaid carers, sup- port charities and local communities together to help carers understand their rights and the support they are entitled to.
Carers Bucks supports over 8,500 unpaid carers in Bucks, providing essential advice and information to those providing care to a relative or friend who due to illness, disability or frailty cannot manage without support.
What are your rights as a carer?
These are the main rights to be aware of if you are caring for someone, whether it be full time or juggling caring with work and family life.
1)The right to a Carers Assessment, which looks at your own needs regardless of your level of need, the amount of care you provide or financial means.
2) The right to request flexible working from your employer and the right to take unpaid time off work to deal with an emergency for the person you care for.
3) You may be entitled to financial support such as Carers Allowance, if you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone, and you earn £110 a week or less.
Other rights include the right to support yourself and the right to have your views taken into consideration by Adult Social Care when deciding how best to meet the needs of the person you care for.
Carers Bucks is an independent charity which is currently working in partnership with Buckinghamshire County Council and the Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Groups on the launch of the new three year Carers Strategy.
This strategy is focused on supporting, recognising and improving the lives of carers throughout Buckinghamshire.
Contact Carers Bucks on 0300 777 2722 or visit www.carersbucks.org for further information on how Carers Bucks can help you.