Other Financial Matters

Other financial support and more information for all carers

Looking after Someone, a complete guide to carers’ rights and benefits, is available from
Carers UK Tel: 020 7378 4999 or speak to an advisor for a full benefits check by ringing Carers UK’s helpline on 0808 808 7777.

Age Cymru has a huge amount of information on financial support for older people. Call their free helpline on 08000223444 or visit www.ageconcern.org.uk

The Pensions Advisory Service is an independent non-profit organisation that provides free information, advice and guidance on the whole spectrum of pensions, including state, company, personal and stakeholder schemes. Call 0845 601 2923 or visit www.pensionsadvisoryservice.org.uk

Directgov is an excellent online source of information on benefits and Pensions.
Visit: www.direct.gov.uk/pensions.

Carers Direct also provides information on carers’ pensions and other aspects of caring,

The Welsh Water Assist tariff exists to help low income families and individuals with relevant medical conditions by offering reduced water charges. You will need to meet specific criteria to qualify, these are:

  • The supply is a household only supply
  • The bill payer or a member of the household isin receipt of a qualifying benefit (Pension Credit,Income Support, Council Tax/Housing Benefit) or tax credits.


  • Either 3 or more children, under the age of 19 are living in the household, for whom child benefit is claimed.
  • Or someone in the household has a medical condition that requires significant additional use of water.The medical conditions which would qualify are:
    • Desquamation (flaky skin disease),
    • Weeping skin diseases (Eczema, psoriasis, varicose ulceration)
    • Incontinence
    • Abdominal stoma
    • Crohn’s disease
    • Ulcerative colitis
    • Renal failure requiring homedialysis,
    • Or another medical condition which requires significant amounts of water.

NB, a GP or Medial practitioner is needed to sign/stamp the application/confirm the medical condition.

For further information and an application form contact:

Welsh Water
Tel: 0800 052 0145

The Megan and Trevor Griffiths Trust

The Megan & Trevor Griffiths Trust aims to help disabled people improve their quality of life and achieve greater independence. It was founded in 1990 by Trevor Griffiths to continue his late wife Megan’s work with disabled people in Carmarthenshire.

The Trust provides small grants for aids, equipment or services to disabled people, primarily people with a physical and/or learning disability. Funding is limited under the Trust deed to items that cannot be obtained from Health Services or Local Government.

Applications must be supported by someone who can confirm the information, such as family doctor, social worker, occupational therapist. Grants for financial assistance for debt relief, repairs to property or for white goods and furniture will not be considered.

Anyone in Wales who is disabled can apply but people living in Carmarthenshire receive priority. Further information and an application form can be obtained from the Honorary Secretary: Dr Janet Griffiths MBE, 46 Partridge Road, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3QX, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The following publications may also prove useful to anyone considering other sources of financial help.

A Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need 2013/14 - £79.20
The Guide to Educational Grants 2013/14 - £79.20
A Guide to the Major Trusts Vol 1 top 300 Trusts 2012/13 - £85.50
A Guide to the Major Trusts Vol 2, the next 700 Trusts 2012/13 - £85.50

Available from:

The Directory of Social Change
24 Stephenson Way
London NW1 2DP
Tel: 08450 77 77 07
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Web: www.dsc.org.uk

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Sources of Financial Help

Buttle UK

Buttle UK provides a personal and fast response to families living in crisis when there is no-one else that can help. By funding basic items such as a cooker, fridge or bed, these grants offer relief from a critical situation.

Buttle Uk works with voluntary sector, local authority or health professionals across Wales.
These agencies make applications for children and young people experiencing a wide range of issues such as illness, disabilities, behavioural and psychological problems. They do not accept applications direct from families but from the agencies helping them.


Buttle UK (Wales)
P O Box 224
CF83 9EE

Contact a Family Grants List

Contact a Family have compiled a list of grant giving organisations which might be able to help fund some of the essentials needed when caring for a disabled child. They could help fund:

  • Specialist equipment /adaptations
  • Home adaptations needed for the care of your child
  • Short breaks/respite
  • Bill arrears such as gas and electric
  • Holidays
  • Specialist furniture.


Contact a Family Wales Office

Elizabeth Finn Care

Elizabeth Finn Care gives money to help peoplewho have less than £4,000 in savings and,
lacking enough household income, manage a bare hand-to-mouth existence.

By giving just that little bit more money beyond State Benefit provision, Elizabeth Finn Careenables people to:

  • Pay for things they vitally need
  • Take charge of their lives once more, and
  • Plan for the future.


Elizath Finn Care

Family Fund

The Family Fund helps families with a disabled or a seriously ill child or young person aged 17 and under to have choices and the opportunity to enjoy ordinary life.

They give grants for things that make life easier and more enjoyable for the disabled child, young person and their family, such as washing machines, driving lessons, computers and holidays.


The Family Fund
4 Alpha Court Monks Cross Drive
YO32 9WN

In Control

In Control is a national charity. Its mission is to create a fairer society where everyone needing
additional support has the right, responsibility and freedom to control that support.

As the pioneers of the concept of self-directed support, personal budgets and direct payments,
In Control works alongside the government, local authorities, health and other organisations
to drive the agenda forward. It also works directly with individuals and families to provide
support, information and advice in relation to self-directed support and personalisation.


In Control Support Centre
Carillon House Chapel Lane
West Midlands
B47 6JX

Warm Home Discount Scheme

The Warm Home Discount Scheme aims to reduce electricity bills between winter 2013-2014.

The reduction on the bill will be £135.

There are certain criteria to meet in order to receive this reduction. To find out if you are eligible, please visit https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of these sponsors

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