Being a carer

Equality Act 2010 - provisions for carers

Under the Equality Act 2010, it is illegal to discriminate against a carer because of their responsibilities as a carer, or because of the individual(s) they care for.

If you're looking after someone who is elderly or disabled, the law will protect you against direct discrimination or harassment because of your caring responsibilities. This is because you're counted as being associated with someone who is protected by the law because of their age or disability.

This law applies to discrimination and harassment if they happen in your work place, and will also protect you as a carer:
  • when you shop for goods
  • when you ask for services
  • when you get services
  • when you use facilities like public transport
You can go to our page on the Equality Act 2010 for more information on how the act aims to protect carers and those they look after.

If you explore the other pages in the looking after someone section you will find plenty of information about how you can access support as  carer,  including details of how to request a carer's assessment from your local council.

If you think you have been discriminated against
If you have been discriminated against or harassed because of your duties as a carer, Sutton Citizens Advice Bureaux will be able to advise you of your rights and what steps you can take.

Local advice
Sutton Carers Centre provides information, advice and support services for adult carers, parent carers, family carers, young carers and carers of people with mental health conditions. Find out more about the support the Carers Centre can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8296 5611, enquiries@suttoncarerscentre.org.

Alzheimer’s Society Sutton provides information, advice and support for carers and people with dementia. Find out more about the support Alzheimer’s Society Sutton can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8770 1875
sutton@alzheimers.org.uk.

The Carers Forum meets quarterly at Sutton Civic Offices, and is an opportunity for carers to discuss the latest developments in carer support services in Sutton, and meet other unpaid carers from across the borough. Contact Sutton Carers Centre for information on future forum dates, and to book your place at the forum: 020 8296 5611, enquiries@suttoncarerscentre.org.

Community Drug Service for South London (CDSSL) provides support for family members and carers of substance misusers. Find out more about the support CDSSL can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8773 1881, info@cdssl.org.

Age UK Sutton provides information, advice and support to older people and their carers. Find out more about the support Age UK can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8770 4090, contact details/form.

Sutton Centre for Independent Living (SCILL) provides information and advice for carers and the people they care for. Find out more about the support SCILL can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8770 4065, information@scill.org.uk.

Sutton Citizens Advice Bureaux provides information and advice around finances (including benefits, debt and other financial matters). Find out more about the support the Sutton CAB can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8405 3552, contact us.

Sutton Mental Health Foundation provides information, advice and support for people with mental health conditions and their carers. Find out more about the support SCILL can offer you by getting in touch using the details below: Tel: 020 8770 0172, admin@smhf.org.uk.

There is also a regular programme of support groups and meetings for carers in Sutton – take a look at our page on local support groups for carers to find out more.

Other information and advice
Independent Age provides a guide called Carers: what support is available.

Carers UK is a charity set up to help the millions of people who look after an older, disabled or seriously ill family member or friend.

Carers Trust offers information on what the role of a carer can mean.