Here you will find other help that both you as a carer and the person you care for may benefit from.
If you need help on any financial matter relating to your caring role please Contact Us. We are here to help.
Please note this is not an exhaustive list.
Brent Carers Discount Scheme
If you are an unpaid carer you may be entitled to join our discount scheme. To find out more have a look at our Brent Carers Discount Scheme page.
Brent Mobility Services
If the person you care for has problems with their mobility and/or has difficulty using public transport there is a range of transportation services that may be of help. Click on our Local Services page (selecting the filter option “Brent Mobility / Transportation Services”) for details.
Brent Social Services
If the person you care for needs help with care and support services click on our Brent Council page for further details.
The Cinema Exhibitor’s Association Card allows people with disabilities to obtain one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema. For further details click here.
Disability Grants from Brent Council
Disabled Facilities Grant
You may qualify for a Disabled Facilities Grant from Brent Council if the person you care for is disabled and adaptations and facilities are required to their home to help them continue to live there. For example, the Grant can be used to:
- buy and install a stairlift;
- convert a downstairs room to a bathroom.
The availability of a Disabled Facilities Grant is dependent on an assessment by an occupational therapist.
Entitlement to a Disabled Facilities Grant is means tested according to government regulations, but they will not affect any benefits the person you are caring for is in receipt of. Further information on the government regulations can be found by clicking here.
To contact Brent Council and for further information on enquiring about a Disabled Facilities Grant click here.
Small Works Grants
Small Works Grants are available to vulnerable people who live on their own or with other vulnerable people.
To contact Brent Council and for further information on enquiring about a Small Works Grant click here.
Disability Grants from Charities and Trusts
Disability Grants web-site
Trying to find funding for a holiday, equipment, housing needs or days out may sometimes seems impossible. But there are organisations and charities that may be able to help. The Disability Grants web-site provides information on charities and trusts to help you find a grant for yourself, your family or anyone you are supporting with a disability.
If you are raising a disabled or seriously ill child, you might be eligible for a grant from Family Fund. Family Fund is a UK national charity that provides grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Click here for more details.
REMEMBER if you need any more information and/or help filling out an application form our advisors, here at Brent Carers Centre can help, and so please Contact Us.
Help with Council Tax Bills
Depending on the personal circumstances of the household it may be that both the carer and the person they care for are entitled to a reduction in the household’s council tax bill. Examples include the following:
- Council Tax Disabled Band Reduction Scheme. The property you live in may be placed in a lower band if it has certain features that are important for the person you are caring for, such as extra space for a wheelchair or conversion of an existing living room into a bedroom. For further details on how to apply click here.
- “Carer” Exemption. If you provide care for at least 35 hours per week, and you are both not the partner of the person you are caring for, then you may be able to be disregarded for the purposes of calculating the household’s council tax bill. This is provided the person you are caring for is not a child (under 18) and also is in receipt of the highest rate of attendance allowance or other qualifying benefit. For further details on how to apply click here.
- “Severe Mental Impairment” Exemption. If the person you care for is classified as being “severely mentally impaired” they will be disregarded for the purposes of calculating the household’s council tax bill. For further details on how to apply click here.
For further information on these examples and other ways of reducing your household’s council tax bill click here to download Carers UK’s factsheet entitled “Help with Council Tax“.
Help with Health Costs
Most NHS treatment is free but there can be charges for some things (such as cost of travel to appointments, dental costs, eye care costs, and prescription charges). Depending on your personal circumstances you may be able to get help with some or all of the costs. For further details click here.
Help with Managing your Money (including Debts)
Changes in your life can have a knock on effect on your finances. This can lead to your finances getting out of balance and may even become a worry. To avoid such money problems and feel in control it is always a good idea to assess the present situation.
Help is available. You can Contact Us, and if you look on our Local Services page (selecting the filter option “Money, Benefits & Debt Counselling”) you will find a comprehensive list of other local and national voluntary organisations who can help you better manage your money.
If you are in debt do not ignore the problem as it will only get worse. If you have such money concerns download Brent Carers Centre’s Information Booklet entitled “Debt and Money Concerns“.
TV Licence Discount
You can get 50% off the cost of your household’s TV licence if either:
- you are registered blind or severely sight impaired; or
- you live with someone who is registered blind or severely sight impaired.
If the person who is registered blind is not the current licence holder for your address, you will need to transfer the licence to their name. For further details click here, or telephone TV Licensing on 0300 790 6071.
TV Licence Free for 75’s and over if you receive Pension Credit
If someone you live with is aged 75 and over and they receive Pension Credit they can apply for a free TV Licence from 1 August 2020. If the person who is aged 75 and over is not the current licence holder for your address, you will need to transfer the licence to their name.
If no one in your household aged 75 and over does not receive Pension Credit then your current free TV licence will come to an end on 31 July 2020.
For further details click here, or telephone TV Licensing on 0300 790 6131.
Travel Costs Reimbursement Fund for Carers of Mental Health Dependents, Older Carers and Parent Carers
We know that carers who care for someone with a mental health condition may have a lot of medical appointments to attend with their dependent, which can entail significant costs. Therefore, a Travel Costs Reimbursement Fund has been set up for carers of mental health dependents (such as clinical depression, bi-polar and dementia). This fund is also available for older carers and parent carers.
Each carer can claim up to £20 per trip maximum and up to 12 trips per annum, subject to availability of funds. Travel expenses will be administered on a monthly basis.
To be eligible you must be registered with us as a Carer.
To claim re-imbursement of travel expenses contact us on telephone number 020 8795 6240 and ask for a Travel Expenses Claim Form.
VAT Relief for Disabled People
If the person you care for has a disability or long-term illness they will not be charged VAT on products designed or adapted for their own personal or domestic use. Your supplier (vendor) will be able to tell you. For further details click here.