Sinn Féin Chair of the Assemblys Health Committee Foyle MLA McLaughlin has welcomed the introduction of a digital service for carers to claim carers allowance.
“There are thousands of people who are caring for relatives and friends who are either not getting their full entitlement or in some cases nothing at all.
“This new service will allow them to check online what they are entitled to and put in a claim or declare a change of circumstance.
“This scheme has been trialled in England and has had favourable responses from users as it is designed to only ask questions relevant to the individual case based upon previous answers.
“The roll-out of this new service began this month and I would appeal to carers who have queries on their claims to use the system by logging on at www.nidirect.gov.uk/carers-
“I also welcome the fact that paper forms are still available for those especially the elderly who are not so computer literate.”