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Last updated:
15/11/2017

What benefits are available for mental health carers?

Can I get Rates Discounts?

  1. Overview
  2. What is Carer’s Allowance?
  3. How is Carer’s Allowance (CA) affected by other benefits?
  4. What if I take a break from caring?
  5. What is the Carer's Premium?
  6. What is Universal Credit?
  7. What are Carer’s Credits?
  8. Can I get Rates Discounts?
  9. Next steps
Some carers can get a discount on their Rates.

You will get a reduction of your Rates bill if there is a disabled person living in your home and the property was adapted for them. The bill can be reduced by 25%.

Only certain types of adaptations qualify for this reduction:

  • a room added, other than kitchen, bathroom or toilet, and used by the person with disability for treatment or therapy;
  • an extra kitchen added for the person with disability;
  • an extra toilet for the person with disability;
  • added floor space to accommodate a wheelchair

Rates in Northern Ireland are managed by Land and Property Services

Telephone: 0300 200 7801

Should I get advice?

The benefits system is complicated. Speak to a benefits adviser if you don't know which benefits you can get. You may be able to get help with difficult situations such as claims or appeals. This could include advice, information and help with filling in forms or representation.

Some organisations who may have local advisers in your area are:

Advice NI

Telephone: 028 9064 5919

Citizens Advice NI

Telephone: 028 9023 1120

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  1. Overview
  2. What is Carer’s Allowance?
  3. How is Carer’s Allowance (CA) affected by other benefits?
  4. What if I take a break from caring?
  5. What is the Carer's Premium?
  6. What is Universal Credit?
  7. What are Carer’s Credits?
  8. Can I get Rates Discounts?
  9. Next steps
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