Carers are also entitled to a payment of around £300 for them to spend on their own time out or to use towards a break. Sorry, not sure what it's called but had been told about it by the Carers Group that cover the city. Apparently, it's funded by the government but you have to apply for it and they don't advertise the fact that it's available. Good to know it's there when you need it though.
Reduction in council tax if you have a room that is solely for the use of the child.
I heard about that carer's grant throught the Aiming High for Disabled Children movement. I think you have to apply to them for it, but not sure how it is assessed. I did have an application form sent to em but never bothered.
Riven, It's not advertised and I was told the uptake was (not) surprisingly low! Do you have a Carer's organisation that covers your nearest big city? (Ones that cover all carers - not just parent-carers).... They will be able to tell you about it.
I have a leaflet about it somewhere in my house - Will have to try and find it so I can tell you the name of it....
Really not making this up. Apparently you can use it however you see fit - it's for some relaxation for you or for you and your DC - whatever you like.
Riven it really is £300 in your pocket to spend as you see fit.
I think, (though a bit vague) you can apply for it every 12 months or something like that - but not certain about that bit.
I haven't applied yet but need to get to the carers offices once the dc's are back at school - might need some sort of pamper night or girls night out by then. Could use it to join a gymn.... Or I wonder if they'd mind if I just spent it on chocolate...? mmmmmm...
Riven: Social worker(s) round here hadn't got it on their list either. It was the carers organisation that had it but even they weren't publicising it either - they gave the leaflet only when asked, and I had been prompted to ask. (Really will have to find the leaflet later).
Some sort of robot-vac that goes off and cleans your carpets and hard floors once a day then put's itself away in it's little home to charge up again. Apparently all you have to do is remember to empty it. The big plus is that you can get it all done while dc's aren't around to be bothered by the noise - specially if they have sensory issues.