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A person who was entitled to carer's allowance immediately before the death of the person cared for continues to be entitled to it for up to eight weeks afterwards.
Depending on their personal circumstances, the ex-carer may claim or continue to claim other benefits such as jobseeker's allowance if they are actively seeking and available for work; employment and support allowance if they have a disability or incapacity which limits their capability for work; or, in other circumstances, income support. These benefits include a carer premium for people who are entitled to carer's allowance.
Regardless of which benefit carers or ex-carers claim, Jobcentre Plus provides personalised and flexible practical assistance for those seeking work, either directly or through Work Programme providers.
The level of support offered by Jobcentre Plus; how quickly a person is referred to the Work Programme; and whether engagement is voluntary or mandatory depends on which benefit is being claimed. So for example an ex-carer claiming jobseeker's allowance could volunteer to enter the Work Programme three months into their claim.
Local Jobcentre Plus offices are empowered to decide when and how to support customers, tailoring that support to their individual need, although support may be subject to mandatory participation depending on the benefit being claimed. Jobcentre Plus District Managers and advisers have access to a comprehensive flexible menu of options to enable them to make the cost effective choices and provide the right support to individuals.
The support available directly through Jobcentre Plus may include:
mandatory adviser interviews and jobsearch reviews flexible interviews, the frequency and duration of which are decided by a personal adviser work preparation, including help with CV writing or interview skills referral to approved training work trials, work experience, access to help if considering self-employment and work clubs access to funds to help with the costs of training and returning to work help to calculate whether the person would be better off in work when considering a job, and advice about in-work benefits and adviser support during the early weeks in work.
When determining the level of support ex-carers receive, they are treated as though they were still carers for eight weeks following the end of their caring responsibilities. Once a carer or ex-carer has started receiving this support, they can continue accessing it until they start full time work or are mandated to participate in the Work Programme.
Jobcentre Plus works in partnership in local communities with service providers, Local authorities, the NHS, voluntary and community sector and employers to find ways to support carers and ex-carers back to work.