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Looking after someone 2018

The Carers Scotland edition of 'Looking after someone: Information and support for carers' is our guide for anyone caring for family or friends. The guide outlines your rights as a carer and gives an overview of the practical and financial support available


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As many benefit payments will be devolved from UK Government to Scotland, this guide will be refreshed in April 2018 when we know more. In the meantime, please read the advisory note on what may change.

‘Looking after someone’ is divided into the following sections: getting help and support, your finances and your work.

This edition includes A Carer’s Guide, an illustrated introduction to the challenges of caring, from making difficult decisions to looking after your health and wellbeing.

SCO LAS 2018 coverThe guide covers:

  • Benefits: an overview of which benefits you or the person you can for may be entitled to and information about how to get a benefits check.
  • Other financial help: including help with council tax, fuel costs, pensions and health costs.
  • Practical help: including community care assessment, carer's assessment and direct payments.
  • Technology: information about health and care technology that could make life easier for you and the person you care for.
  • Your workplace: your rights at work, from flexible working and parental leave to protection from discrimination.
  • Other help: how to find other help nationally and in your local community.
  • A Carers Guide: an illustrated introduction to the challenges of caring, from making difficult decisions to looking after your health and wellbeing.

Get the guide

Download as a pdf

Download Carers Scotland Looking after someone guide for free. Please read the Carers Scotland advisory note on what may change in April 2018.

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Printed copy

Carers can get a free printed copy of the Carers Scotland Looking after someone 2017 guide by contacting the Carers Scotland office. We will not be printing versions of the 2018 guide until the benefits system is devolved to the Scottish Government in April 2018. 


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