£200,000 secured for 98 unpaid carers

A West Cumbrian charity has managed to secure £200,000 extra benefits for carers in the last 12 months.

Gillian Walker, carers benefit support worker for West Cumbria Carers, which have helped secure £200,000 extra benefits for 98 local unpaid carers thanks to their monthly clinics.

West Cumbria Carers has helped 98 people to claim the cash they are entitled to, thanks to its clinics, which provide free information on benefits.

Gillian Walker, the charity’s carers benefit support worker, said: “Navigating your way through the benefits system understanding entitlement and completing paperwork is complicated and time consuming.

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