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Shared Lives Carer Pay and Benefits

What you'll get

Shared Lives Carers are self-employed and are paid an allowance when the person stays with them.

As a Shared Lives Powys Carer, you will be paid between £283.25 and £463.50 each week, reflecting the support needs of the person. 

Ongoing support is available from Shared Lives Plus, to advise you on if this would affect any benefits you may already claim.

Additional benefits

You will receive free training and support to make sure you feel safe and comfortable as a Shared Lives Carer.

As a Shared Lives Carer you will get:

  • £10,000 a year in tax relief as a self-employed carer
  • 28 days' paid respite from your caring role
  • Free membership to Shared Lives Plus which includes your public liability insurance, carer support and access to the national network of over 11,000 carers.
  • Regular Shared Lives Carer meetings

Is becoming a carer right for me?

Shared Lives is about supporting someone to be as independent as possible and to find their own way in the world. 

As part of the assessment process, we will look at your lifestyle, commitments and routine and help to introduce you to someone who is a good fit with you. 

"I am a much more rounded person having been a Shared Lives Carer - I see the bigger picture in helping others and valuing their opinions and aims in life.  We live together as part of our day to day lives, learning in the safety of our home and most of all we are interested in their lives and how they are progressing."

"The best thing about what I do is seeing her grow in confidence and ability.  She's a caring person, when she writes me a thank you note or gets me a card and she hands this to me with a big smile on her face.  These are special reminders that she brings a lot of joy to my life"


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