Other benefits

Help with health costs

Not all carers can get help with health costs but if you claim certain benefits, or have a low income, you may be able to get help paying for:
 
  • prescriptions (in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland prescriptions are free)
  • NHS dental treatment
  • sight tests
  • glasses and contact lenses
  • travel costs to and from hospital for NHS treatment
  • wigs and fabric supports
The person you care for may be able to get help with health costs if this describes them.
 
The rules about getting help with health costs vary depending on where you live:
 
If you want advice about help with health costs contact your local carer service.

Healthy Start

You may be able to get free vouchers to spend on milk, fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins. You could qualify if you're on benefits, or if you're pregnant and under 18. Find out more on the Healthy Start website.

Benefits top tips

You may be able to claim various benefits and allowances depending on your circumstances. Benefit rules change regularly, as may your personal circumstances, so you should regularly check what you qualify for. 
 
Read more benefits tips

Housing Benefit

You may be able to get help paying your rent if you have a low income and live in rented housing.  Find out more about Housing Benefit.
 
If you need help paying your mortgage find out about Support of Mortgage Interest (SMI) on the Gov.uk website.

Council Tax Reduction

You may be able to get the amount of Council Tax you pay reduced if you have a low income or claim benefits. Find out more about Council Tax Reduction.

Help paying for your TV licence

You can get a free TV licence if you’re 75 or over and a discount if you’re blind or in residential care.
 
You can apply if this describes you. The person you care for may be able to apply if this describes them.  
 
Find out how to get a free or discounted TV licence on the Gov.uk website. 

Help heating your home

There is help available to pay to heat your home.  Not all carers can get these but check if you, or the person you care for, qualify. 
 
You may be able to apply for:
 

Discount club for carers

As a carer you can join our CarerSmart discount club. You can save money on a range of products by getting cash back in high street stores as well as discounted rates on energy bills, insurance renewals and lifestyle activities, such as the gym, the cinema, days out and travel.