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What resources are included?

The core elements of the Digital Resource are:

e-Learning

About Me: building resilience for carers: an e-learning resource that helps carers identify and build networks of support and promotes their self-care.

The role of good nutrition when caring for someone: an e-learning course that aims to help carers understand the role of nutrition both for themselves as well as the person they are looking after.

Young Adult Carers: an e-learning resource specifically designed to support young carers aged between 18 and 24 years.

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Care management

Jointly: Carers UK's care co-ordination app for people sharing care.

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Essential reading guides

Upfront Guide to Caring: a simple assessment tool to guide people new to caring or seeking support for the first time to navigate the Carers UK website.

Looking after someone: Carers Rights Guide: which helps carers understand their rights as a carer and where to go for financial or practical help.

Being Heard - a self-advocacy guide for carers: which helps carers develop the skills to self-advocate.

Technology and care: Information on how technology can support caring, what solutions are available and how to access relevant products and services.

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The resources are hosted on a tailored, joint-branded webpage specifically designed for the exclusive use of your service users.

e-Learning

Looking after loved ones is such a vital role to play, both for families and for society as a whole. But without the right support caring can take its toll physically and emotionally, financially and socially.

Our online courses are designed to help carers access advice and information relevant to their situation, find resources and identify sources of support including technology, as well as promote carers’ own health and wellbeing.

Accessible from any internet-enabled device, our e-Learning can help carers:

  • Build networks of support
  • Understand their rights, including their rights in the workplace
  • Understand the financial support and benefits available
  • Understand the role of technology in supporting care and caring and source technology that can support them
  • Understand the impacts of caring on their health and wellbeing and develop strategies to stay healthy, including managing stress and sleep
  • Understand the role of nutrition in caring for someone
  • Develop strategies to manage time more effectively
  • Recognise skills gained through caring

Accessible on:

  • All standard modern browsers and operating systems
  • Computers, mobile devices and tablets with internet connection

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Care management - Jointly app

Jointly is Carers UK’s mobile and online app designed to help carers share and co-ordinate care.

Jointly works by enabling carers to set up a ‘circle of care’ around the person they care for. Carers can then invite others involved in providing that care - family, friends, neighbours, professionals – to join the circle so everyone is kept in the loop.

Jointly is available for carers to purchase directly. When you subscribe to the Digital Resource for Carers you can offer the app entirely free of charge.

Whether accessed via smartphone, tablet or computer, Jointly offers:

  • A central place to store and share important information
  • Simple, intuitive group communication to keep everyone connected.
  • Shared calendar, task lists, categorised notes and a medication manager, viewable offline too, to help organise what needs to be done.

Accessible on:

  • iPhone (iOS versions 6.0 and above)
  • iPad (iOS 6.0 and above)
  • Android devices (versions 4.0.3 and above)
  • Most modern web browsers

For more information visit: jointlyapp.com


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Essential reading guides

When you’re looking after someone, it is so important to get the right information as early as possible.

Carers UK has created a series of guides to cover key information carers need to know. By putting them all in one place, you can make sure carer can easily find what they need.

  • Our Upfront guide is designed for those who are new to caring or haven’t sought information and advice about caring before. It asks a set of simple questions and directs carers straight to the most relevant information for them on the Carers UK website.
  • Our Looking after someone - information and support for carers is a comprehensive guide to help carers navigate the maze of benefits and entitlements. From financial and practical support to technology and employment.
  • Our Being Heard guide is designed to help carers speak up for themselves effectively, so they can get the help they or their loved ones need from health and social care services.
  • Our guide to technology solutions helps carers understand how simple devices and apps can help someone live independently for longer or give them peace of mind when they can’t be around.
  • Our guides for working carers are designed to help working carers understand their rights at work and the support available inside and outside the workplace.
  • Our online help and advice covers the key information carers might need to know – from complex benefits criteria to tips about health and wellbeing.

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PIP (Wales)

If you are looking after someone who has a disability or illness and is aged 16 to 64, they may be entitled to Personal Independence Payment (PIP). 

This factsheet can be used if you are claiming PIP on behalf of the person you are looking after or for yourself. The information is written from the point of view of the person claiming the benefit.

PIP

PIP ENG

This factsheet contains information on :

  • What is PIP?
  • Who can claim PIP?
  • When can you claim PIP?
  • How much is PIP worth?
  • The assessment
  • How to claim PIP
  • If you have a terminal illness
  • What happens if you already get DLA?
  • The decision
  • Challenging a decision
  • What to do if your circumstances change
  • Other help you may qualify for


PIP 2018/19
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Taliad Annibyniaeth Personol

Os ydych yn gofalu am rywun sydd ag anabledd neu dostrwydd a'u bod yn 16 i 64 oed, efallai y gallent hawlio Taliad Annibyniaeth Personol (TAP).

Gellir defnyddio'r daflen wybodaeth hon os ydych yn hawlio TAP ar ran yr unigolyn rydych yn gofalu amdano neu ar eich cyfer chi eich hun. Ysgrifennir y wybodaeth o safbwynt yr unigolyn sy'n hawlio'r budd-dal.

PIP WAL 2

Mae'r daflen ffeithiau hon yn cynnwys gwybodaeth ar

  • Beth yw TAP?
  • Pwy sy'n gallu hawlio TAP?
  • Pryd gallwch hawlio TAP?
  • Faint o TAP y byddwch yn ei dderbyn?
  • Yr asesiad
  • Sut i hawlio TAP
  • Os oes gennych salwch angheuol
  • Beth sy'n digwydd os ydych yn derbyn LBA yn barod?
  • Y penderfyniad
  • Herio penderfyniad
  • Beth i'w wneud os yw eich amgylchiadau'n newid
  • Help arall y gallech fod yn gymwys ar ei gyfer
  • Preswyliaeth a phresenoldeb

Taliad Annibyniaeth Personol 18/19
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Auto enrolment

Auto enrolment is a policy set up by the government to ensure that as many employees as possible are placed into an occupational pension scheme.

It means that employers have to enrol certain employees into a pension scheme and make contributions towards it.

Auto enrolment now applies to those who are employing less than 50 people. This means that even if only one person is employed, the employer will be affected. This is the case even if the person employed is a family member or friend.

This can have implications for carers. If the person they are looking after is employing a personal assistant to provide care (often using direct payments from the local authority or the NHS), carers often help to manage the direct payments and/or the employment responsibilities. In some cases the carer themselves might be employed by the person they are looking after, even if they also provide a substantial amount of unpaid care.

Note: If a care worker is provided via an agency, and the agency is the care workers employer, then auto enrolment will not affect you.

The following information explains how auto enrolment affects employers, however if you are a carer being affected as an employee contact the Carers UK Adviceline for further information.

Note: This information applies to people living in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


What does auto enrolment mean for me as an employer?

Everyone who employs at least one person will have to take the following steps.

You firstly need to know your staging date (this is the date your auto enrolment duties apply to you). Your staging date should be on the letters you have received from the Pension Regulator about auto enrolment. You can also find out your staging date on the Pension Regulator website if you know your PAYE reference (which can be found on a P6/P9 coding notice or on your white payslip booklet P30BC). If you don’t pay your staff through a PAYE scheme then your staging date will be 1st April 2017.

Once you know your staging date you will need to work out whether your employees need to be auto enrolled. The Pension Regulator recommends that you do this about twelve months before your staging date.

Whether your employees need to be auto enrolled depends on their earnings (correct for 2018-2019) and their age:

  • If your employee earns over £192 per week (over £833 per month) and is aged from 22 to state pension age they must be auto enrolled.
  • If your employee earns over £192 per week (over £833 per month) and is aged from 16 to 21 or from state pension age to 74 they have a right to 'opt in'.
  • If your employee earns over £116 per week up to £192 per week (over £503 per month up to £833 per month) and is aged from 16 to 74 they have a right to 'opt in'.
  • If your employee earns £116 and below per week (£503 and below per month) and is aged from 16 to 74 they have a right to join a pension scheme. 

If your employee must be auto enrolled this means that you must put them into a pension scheme that can be used for auto enrolment and you must pay contributions.

If your employee has the right to ‘opt in’ this means that if they ask you must put them into a pension scheme that can be used for auto enrolment and you must pay contributions.

If your employee has the right to join a pension scheme this means that if they ask to be put into a pension scheme you must find a pension scheme for them but you do not have to pay any contributions.

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What do I have to do if any of my employees must be auto enrolled?

You will need to choose a pension scheme. The Pension Regulator recommends that you do this about six months before your staging date. The Pension Regulator website has some information on this.

You will also need to work out how much your contributions will be, and also work out if there will be any other costs involved in setting up a pension scheme. Before April 2018 you will need to contribute an amount equal to 1% of your employee’s gross earnings. This will rise to 2% from April 2018 and will rise again to 3% from April 2019.

Note: If you are in receipt of direct payments from the local authority or the NHS then these direct payments should cover any costs incurred in setting up a pension scheme and the cost of your contributions. You will need to speak to the local authority or the NHS to ensure that your direct payments cover such costs.

When your actual staging date arrives you have six weeks to enrol your employee with the pension scheme you have chosen and write to your employee explaining what has been done (ie that they have been auto enrolled, that contributions will be deducted from their wages and paid into a pension scheme and that they have a right to 'opt out' of the scheme if they want to). The Pension Regulator website has some template letters which you can use.

There are ongoing duties such as record keeping which you will need to comply with. The Pension Regulator website has some information on this.

You also have to complete a declaration of compliance (which you can do online) within five months of your staging date.

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What do I have to do if any of my employees have a right to ‘opt in’?

When your actual staging date arrives you have six weeks to write to your employees to let them know they have a right to ‘opt in’. The Pension Regulator website has some template letters which you can use.

If any of your employees do want to 'opt in' you have six weeks from the ‘enrolment date’ to enrol them into a pension scheme. See above for further information on choosing a pension scheme and working out your contributions.

Note: If you are in receipt of direct payments from the local authority or the NHS then these direct payments should cover any costs incurred in setting up a pension scheme and the cost of your contributions. You will need to speak to the local authority or the NHS to ensure that your direct payments cover such costs.

There are ongoing duties even if no employees are 'opting in' which you will need to comply with. The Pension Regulator website has some information on this.

You also have to complete a declaration of compliance (which you can do online) within five months of your staging date, even if no employees are 'opting in'.

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What do I have to do if any of my employees have a right to join a pension scheme?

When your actual staging date arrives you have six weeks to write to your employees to let them know they have a right to join a pension scheme. The Pension Regulator website has some template letters which you can use.

If any of your employees do want to join a pension scheme you have to find a pension scheme (which does not have to be one which can be used for auto enrolment) and make arrangements for them to join this pension scheme. You do not have to make any contributions to the pension scheme.

There are ongoing duties even if no employees are joining a pension scheme which you will need to comply with. The Pension Regulator website has some information on this.

You also have to complete a declaration of compliance (which you can do online) within five months of your staging date, even if no employees are joining a pension scheme.

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What will happen if I don’t comply?

If you don’t comply with your responsibilities under auto enrolment the Pension Regulator may take action. The Pension Regulator website has some information on this.

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Where can I get further advice?

You can use the Pension Regulator online ‘Duties Checker’ to work out what you need to do and when you need to do it.

You can contact the Carers UK Adviceline for further information; however we would be unable to find out your staging date for you.

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