Carer’s Allowance Supplement Scotland
The Scottish Government is paying a £442 per year supplement to people in receipt of carer’s allowance.
A new benefit to replace carer’s allowance, called Carer’s Assistance, will be introduced which pays the same amount as income support and jobseekers allowance. Until this benefit is available carer’s will receive the supplement to top up their existing carer’s allowance.
If you are receiving carer’s allowance at the moment you do not need to claim the supplement. It will be paid automatically. It is paid in two equal amounts of £221.
This is paid twice a year with the next payment expected in June and December 2019. This money will not affect any other benefit you are receiving.
New Young Carer Grant
Young carers aged 16-18 in Scotland who do not currently qualify for Carer’s Allowance, may be eligible for a new £300 annual payment to help them. The Young Carer Grant will be paid from autumn 2019. We will update you on this when information becomes available.
Carer’s Support Scotland has useful information for people who are or have recently become a carer.