2 December 2009
The tenth annual Carers Rights Day , organised by Carers UK , will be held on December 4. The focus of the 2009 Carers Rights Day is 'Caring for your income and pension'.
Carers Rights Day 2009 is about ensuring that carers get all the financial support they're entitled to now and for their future.
When giving up work to care, if carers don't get the right advice, they could be missing out on vital contributions to their state pension, which could affect them long term. Many carers who are already claiming a pension aren't claiming entitlements to extra financial support that could make all the different to their finances.
Each year, Carers UK works with more than 1,000 local groups to run national Carers Rights Day. Events are held across the country to:
increase take up of benefits
make sure carers know their rights
guide carers towards practical support
raise awareness of the needs of carers.
Carers UK provides support and materials to help groups run a huge range of events, including information stalls at libraries, community centres and supermarkets, advice fayres involving a range of local partners and carer support coffee mornings.
How can Macmillan help?
Macmillan supports people living with cancer, and their carers, to access the financial help they need. We provide benefits advice via our cancer support specialists and network of local benefits advisers .
You can also order Hello, and how are you? (PDF, 1.3mb) , a guide for carers, by carers. It contains practical tips for caring for someone with cancer, wherever they are on their cancer journey.
Find out more about the financial support Macmillan can provide .