The main benefit for carers is called Carer's Allowance and it's worth £62.10 per week if you're eligible.

You don't have to be related to or live with the person you care for to claim Carer's Allowance.

You'll also get National Insurance credits each week towards your pension if you're under pension age.

Don't assume you're not a carer

You may not think of yourself as a carer.  Perhaps you've looked after someone for a long time without ever calling yourself one, or maybe you think the help you give your spouse or parent is simply what you should be doing.  If so, you may have been missing out on the help that is available to you.