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Carers in Derbyshire

Carers News - Derbyshire 

Edition 4 - August 2019

We hope to share news, information and events relevant to unpaid / family carers. Please let us know what you'd like to hear more about in future editions. You can email:

Please share this newsletter with any unpaid carers you know who support someone living in Derbyshire.

In this issue

Blog: All things Carers Allowance

carers allowance

The Department of Work and Pensions estimates that it overpays £160 million in Carers Allowance every year!

The Parliamentary Work and Pension’s Committee are conducting an inquiry into over payments of Carers Allowance. They have been looking at how over payments should be managed as they recognise it's causing carers and families considerable anguish when they are asked to pay money back.

Our new blog covers:

  • Eligibility for Carers Allowance
  • Making sure you're still entitled to Carers Allowance
  • What deductions to include when working out your income
  • Avoiding Carers Allowance over payments
  • What to do if you've been asked to pay back an over payment
  • The findings of the inquiry
  • Claiming carers benefits if you are a pension
  • Making sure you're not missing out on Pension Credit
  • And more...

Read the blog

Healthwatch Derbyshire Spotlight on Carers Event

This year Healthwatch Derbyshire were pleased to publish a report, which looked at “Understanding the quality of life for carers in Derbyshire"


The report and its findings have now formed the theme for Healthwatch's annual event: Spotlight on Carers.

The event will feature an overview of the report, along with guest speakers talking about their experiences of being a carer, as well as professional speakers discussing their work with carers.

There will be stalls to browse at intervals throughout the day. A light lunch will be served followed by Healthwatch's Annual General Meeting (AGM).

During the AGM, participants will have the opportunity to give input around their top three priority areas to improve health and social care services across Derbyshire. Please note, places are restricted and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

When: Thursday 10 October 2019

Where: Nailers Events & Conference Centre, Belper Town Footabll Club, Christchurch Meadows, Bridge Street, Belper, DE56 1BA.

Time: 12.30pm to 4pm

Book your place by: 13 September

View the draft and agenda and booking form

Have you got a Carers Emergency Card?

When emergencies happen our lives are often put on hold while we recover or get things sorted out. But if you’re a carer the person you look after will still need care and support even if you aren’t personally in a position to provide it.


The Derbyshire Carers Emergency Card Scheme is a way of letting emergency responders know you are a carer and that someone relies on you for support.

Anyone who provides care can obtain a carers emergency card, regardless of the amount of support they provide. 

As part of the card application you will be asked to make basic contingency plans for the person you care for as well as proving alternate contacts. This information will be kept on the Derbyshire County Council database so professionals can access it and help to arrange alternative support if required.

Find out more

Joined Up Care Derbyshire - Dementia Engagement Summary


The Joined Up Care Derbyshire, Dementia Strategy group have recently undertaken engagement with people living with Dementia, their carers and health and social care staff about their priorities for the Derbyshire Well Pathway for Dementia.

The group wanted to find out what is important to people living with dementia, their carers and the staff who support them. 

View a summary of responses

Get face-to-face information about carers support and social care

Members of the Adult Care Information Team will be at the following events over the coming months providing information and advice. Stop by and chat to us about carers support, social care, local services and more.

talk to us

3 September - Keeping Erewash Healthy, Erewash Voluntary Action, Granville Ave, Long Eaton from 10am to 12noon

4 September - Keeping Erewash Healthy, Charnos Hall, Ilkeston from 1pm to 3pm

3 October - Killamarsh Together Event, Killamarsh Parish Room from 10am to 12.30pm

4 October - Glossop Wellbeing Event, George St Primary Care Centre, Glossop from 10am to 1pm

8 October - The Great Dronfield Get2Gether, Dronfield Sports Centre, 10am to 2pm

10 October - Healthwatch Derbyshire Spotlight on Carers Event, Belper (see separate article above)

19 October - Heanor Charity Market, Heanor Market Place, 9am to 2pm

4 November - Chesterfield Royal Hospital (reception) from 9am to 12pm

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