Money, Benefits, Grants, Advice
Money Made Clear Wales is a Welsh Government backed website that has been set up to help you manage your money better www.moneymadeclearwales.org (external site)
If the person you care-for could have difficulty making decisions about their finances, property, health or welfare in the future, have you considered what this will mean? There is some information on the GOV.UK website (external site) to help you explore this issue.
Appointing a person to hold Lasting Power of Attorney will mean decisions can be made for the person who you care-for on their behalf, when they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves. The Alzheimer’s Society (external site) describe this role on their website as does GOV.UK (external site).
Your first action to appoint a Lasting Power of Attorney is to seek independent legal advice from a Solicitor.
By making a will you can decide what happens to your property and possessions after your death. Although you do not have to make one by law, it is the best way to make sure your estate is passed on to family and friends exactly as you wish. If you die without a will, your assets may be distributed according to the law rather than your wishes.
The Citizens Advice website (external site) has specific information about making a will.
The Age UK website (external site) also has information about making your will.
More information can be found at GOV.UK (external site).
In Wrexham you can arrange to talk with someone to discuss your money by contacting a Carers Welfare Rights Advisor – they will be able to help you with Welfare Benefits issues including Social Security and Tax Credit payments. The Welfare Benefits team is part of Wrexham Adult Social Care.
GOV.UK have written information for Carers about ‘Money Matters’ (external site) on their website.
The Money Advice Service (external site) has drawn together information about financial matters specifically for people who are caring for someone; their website contains information about all sorts of financial information (external site).
Benefits for Carers
As a carer you may be able to claim several benefits. Carers Direct (external link) have useful information and a benefits check application.
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