Working out what benefits or tax credits you might be entitled to is a difficult and complex task. Frankly the system can be baffling and off putting even to the most trained experts.
However we would urge everyone who is caring for someone not to be put off and claim what they are entitled to. Research from Carers UK in 2010 called 'Carers Missing Millions' showed that around £843 million of benefits goes unclaimed by carers each year. There are all kinds of reasons for this but sometimes people simply give up on their claims or they are wrongly advised and told they are not entitled to claim.
It pays to get good advice. This website can give you information on what financial help is available, but we would always suggest that you seek contact with a qualified advisor to do a thorough benefits check and looking at your individual circumstances.
Carers UK's adviceline can do a benefits check for you or your local Citizens Advice Bureau may be able to help.