New fund launched to support unpaid carers in Wales
The Welsh Government has launched a new support scheme for unpaid carers to help cushions them during the cost-of-living crisis.
Carers, who provide care for an adult or disabled child, will be able to apply for grants of up to £300 to pay for food, household items and electronic items.
Support services, such as counselling, financial advice, well-being and peer support will also be available
It comes as part of a £4.5m Welsh Government investment in the Carers Support Fund over the next three, made up of £1.5m each year.
The funding will support unpaid carers who are experiencing financial hardship due to the cost-of-living crisis and ongoing impact of the pandemic.
The Carers Support Fund was established in October 2020 with £1m in response to growing evidence that unpaid carers were struggling to cope with the financial impact of the pandemic.
Additional funding of £1.4m was allocated the following year, with more than 10,000 unpaid carers on low incomes in Wales accessing the fund since it was launched.
70% of grants were provided via a food or non-food voucher scheme.
Carers Trust Wales
Eligibility for the grants is not linked to Carers Allowance, pensions or other benefits. How to apply for the grants will be advertised on the Carers Trust Wales website.
Deputy Minister for Social Services Julie Morgan said: “The role played daily by unpaid carers across Wales immeasurably improves the health, well-being, safety and quality of life of those they care for, whilst very significantly reducing the burden on health and social care services.
“I hope this funding will support those experiencing financial hardship during the cost-of-living crisis.
“I’ve spoken to many carers who have told me the difference the fund has made to their lives, such as being able to pay for Christmas dinner and replace vital white goods, and am delighted we can continue it for the next three years.”
Simon Hatch, Director of Carers Trust Wales, said: “We are delighted the Welsh Government have recognised the importance of this crucial fund and have extended its delivery over the next three years.
“The Carers Support Fund has already reached more than 10,000 unpaid carers in Wales with grants and services to help them get by every day.
“With the increasing cost of living hitting carers hard, the extended fund will allow us to support thousands more carers with the practical and financial support they need.”
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