Carers grant

Have applied for this grant and have been told I don’t meet the criteria. I am a full time carer recieve carers allowance. My daughter is with me 24/7 and this hasn’t changed even during the lookdown. So what do we carers need to qualify and why is there no appeal.

Dear Lynne

I wanted to wish you a warm welcome to the forum and to highlight some of the options for connecting with fellow carers and for getting support from Carers UK should you need it.

Carers UK are running online weekly meet ups for carers to take some time for themselves and chat to other carers. Feel free to join if you’d like to and there’s no pressure to share anything you don’t want to. I’m sure you’ll find others in a similar position to yourself.

You can find information on how to register to our online meetups at the following pages:

Care for a Cuppa:
This social is a great way to have a little break if you are able to and spend some quality time talking to people who understand what you are going through right now.

Share and Learn:
These sessions range from creative writing activities to beginners Latin dance sessions.

There is also Carers UK’s helpline should you need advice or support - Our Telephone Helpline is available on 0808 808 7777 from Monday to Friday, 9am – 6pm or you can contact us by email (

They can help provide support and guidance on:

  • Benefits and financial support
  • Your rights as a carer in the workplace
  • Carers’ assessments and how to get support in your caring role
  • Services available to carers and the people you care for
  • How to complain effectively and challenge decisions.

with kind regards

Hi & welcome Lynne

Where did you apply - through the council or an agency operating grant for the local council.

Hi Lynne. Welcome aboard!

Whoever is operating the scheme has to work to eligibility criteria, and those criteria MUST be published. You’re within your rights to request a copy - and they can’t refuse as the criteria have to be publicly available.