Charity helps to take care of finances

The county’s carers have been encouraged to tap into extra support to help them deal with money matters.

Carers Northumberland provides a range of support and assistance for people looking after a family member or friend who is sick, elderly or disabled.

Part of its work is offering advice on money issues and it has recently seen a significant increase in the number of carers needing help with benefits or other financial matters.

However, the charity believes there are many others who are unaware that they are entitled to support as they may not consider themselves a ‘carer’.

Now the organisation is urging them to come forward.

Information Officer Anne-Marie Johnstone said: “Many carers miss out on vital benefits as they don’t identify themselves as carers.

“They may think they’re just helping out a relative, but if they’re providing support and care to someone on a regular basis they may be able to claim Carers’ Allowance, which will help the family finances.”

The organisation, which is funded by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Adult Services, the Big Lottery, Northern Rock Foundation and Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group, will be hosting a series of Money Talks events around the county.

The sessions will enable carers to speak directly to advisers, who will encourage them to think about their financial arrangements.

The events will take place in May, June or July, with further details to be announced.

In the meantime, information about the caring role and benefits is available from Carers Northumberland on 01670 320025 or 0844 8007354.