The Scottish government will use its new devolved powers on benefits to increase Carer’s Allowance from summer 2018, and introduce a Young Carer Grant from autumn 2019
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will continue to pay Carer’s Allowance (CA), and Scottish Government will pay the difference between CA and Jobseeker’s Allowance as a six month lump sum, called the Carer’s Allowance Supplement. This is to allow carers to receive additional money before the Scottish social security agency is fully up and running.
The supplement will be paid to people who are living in Scotland and in receipt of Carer’s Allowance on the qualifying dates – two dates per year which will be chosen by Ministers. This is a temporary measure until Scottish Government takes over full control of Carer’s Allowance – which will then be paid at the higher rate, incorporating the supplement.
Further commitments in the paper are the introduction of a Young Carer Grant in autumn 2019 – a payment of £300 per year for 16 and 17 year olds (and 18 year olds who are still at school) caring for an average of 16 hours per week and not eligible for Carer’s Allowance – and increased support for people caring for more than one disabled child, by April 2021.