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People caring for older, seriously ill or disabled loved ones in Wales are missing out on £66 million in allowances.
Carers Wales say a lack of advice and education has left thousands of carers without vital financial support.
The Department of Work and Pensions says the system is being simplified to increase the take-up of benefits.
Alexandra Lodge reports
Careres in Wales are missing out on £66million in allowances according to a charity. Carers Wales says a lack of advice is leaving families without financial support with spiralling costs.
There are over 21,000 carers in Wales.The Department of Work and Pensioners says the system is being simplified.
It's been revealed carers in Wales are missing out on £66million of unclaimed benefits.
Charity Carers UK said losing out on financial support puts carers at risk of long-term debt and financial hardship.
If you suddenly need to provide full-time care for an older, ill or disabled loved one your life can be turned upside-down. When their welfare is your top priority, looking after your own finances can easily fall by the wayside. If carers have been forced to give up work to care, just as the family face all the extra household and transport costs of caring - this can rapidly push carers into long-term debt and financial hardship.
It is vital that anyone caring for a loved one seeks advice to check they are getting all the financial help and practical support they are entitled to.
Over 21,000 carers in Wales are missing out on vital financial support.
According to the charity Carers Wales, £66m of the financial support available is going unclaimed.
They say this is due to the lack of advice and education available.
The Department of Work and Pensions says the system's been simplified to increase the take-up of benefits
Today is National Carers Rights Day.