carers

  • Welfare reform and carers


    factsheet

    This factsheet describes how welfare reform changes might affect you if you care for a disabled person in Scotland.

  • Income maximisation for carers


    training course

    Becoming a carer of a disabled person often means a drop in household income. Carers may be thinking of leaving work or trying to combine work with care.

    This one-day course gives an introduction to the main benefits available for carers and explains how to maximise income through benefit checks. It will help you support clients in making decisions about what to claim in or out of work.

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  • Supreme Court to decide on ‘unlawful’ bedroom tax


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    Following last month’s victory in the Court of Appeal, the battle continues for Paul and Sue Rutherford and their severely disabled grandson, Warren. The Court held that the ‘bedroom tax’ (or under-occupancy penalty) is in breach of the Human Rights Act 1998, unlawfully discriminating against disabled children requiring overnight care and victims of domestic violence living in Sanctuary Scheme Homes (in the case of ‘A’). The Government was quick to appeal this decision. We have been representing the Rutherford family since 2013 and will be in the Supreme Court defending the Court of Appeal’s decision from 29 February. SSWP v Rutherfords has been joined with other bedroom tax cases, MA & Others and A.