Carers £500 Welsh Government Special Payment

Hey Guys,

I’ve been trying to find any answers about this ‘payment’.
The Welsh government say they are doing everything in their power to try to avoid the payment getting lost to tax and national insurance.

But the question I have is, most of us carers are sole carers and that isn’t enough to survive on its own. So we get Universal Credit aswell.

Claiming Universal Credit will be effected by this payment so there is no way of getting it. How is this meant to be a reward if we actually can’t receive it.


Isn’t that just rubbing it in further. Family carers get left to care sometimes 168 hours for nothing, but PAID carers get EXTRA!!??!!

Honey Badger is correct in saying that unpaid carers are not covered by the scheme. Once again those of us that have cared for family with little or no time for ourselves and kept them safe during the pandemic have been forgotten about.

Wow that is horrible that they haven’t included unpaid carers :frowning:. How can they do that!!

I’m unpaid but claim UC, but fortunately I work 10 hours a week as a carer also. I was hoping someone here could help, I never intended to insult or offend anyone

Im guessing the answer is no, but if you are a carer in England is there a grant available ?

No offence taken here, Dennis. I hadn’t realised that you also work as a carer and I’m unfortunately unable to answer your question. Maybe give the Carers UK helpline a call and see if they can help.


Phew I thought I had offended you, I’m thankful for the replies.

I’m sorry that unpaid carers are not getting this and I’m fortunate to be a full time carer and get paid as a carer separate.

But now if I claim this I have asked UC and they said it goes through as earnings, I won’t be worse off but I won’t be better off. If I accept it I lose my UC for the month so it’s not really a bonus … I’m really torn what to do. I with they send it another way and not through earnings.