Fife launches carers income maximisation scheme

Thursday 13th June 2019

Fife carers are to benefit from a new scheme helping them claim the benefits they are entitled to.

The Scottish Government has previously said there could be as many as 500,000 cases of individuals or families not claiming benefits they are eligible for.

Now, Fife health and social care partnership and Citizen’s Advice & Rights Fife are launching an income maximisation service aimed at those caring for loved ones.

The project will provide independent support and advice to carers – including, if necessary, offering to advocate on their behalf when contesting and appealing DWP decisions.

A ‘better off calculation’ is also offered to help those considering paid work understand the financial implications, which could see carers lose their benefits if they earn over a certain amount.

David Redpath, Business Development Manager with Citizen’s Advice & Rights Fife, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer support to Fife’s carers. Our work with unpaid carers has shown us that sometimes they are challenged by the welfare benefits system and the additional costs that caring for someone can bring. 

“This partnership between Citizen’s Advice & Rights Fife and Fife’s health and social care partnership means we can increase the offer of specialist support to carers who need it. We are confident that, with our support, many carers will get those benefits they are rightly entitled to, feel more valued and be financially better off.”