SUP­PORT FOR COUNTY’S CAR­ERS

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

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.

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