As part of their work to develop a Scottish social security system based on dignity, fairness and respect the Scottish Government will make the first payments of the new Carer’s Allowance Supplement to eligible carers in Scotland from Thursday 13 September.

In recognition of the important contribution carers make these payments will mean that people in Scotland, who were in receipt of Carer’s Allowance from the DWP on the qualifying date of Monday 16 April will receive a supplementary payment of £221. This payment will be issued automatically to eligible carers. There is no need for a form to be completed.

As this is the first payments Social Security Scotland will make the government want to make sure these payments are paid safely and securely to people. For that reason they will issue payments over a phased period.  The vast majority of payments  will be made by the end of September, with more complex cases completed by Thursday 15 October. Payment will be made using the same method that people get their Carer’s Allowance from the DWP.

In advance of payments being issued, carers will receive a letter explaining the payment to them and a leaflet to introduce Social Security Scotland as the new Scottish Government agency that will deliver these payments. The government expect people to start receiving their letters from the week beginning 10 September.

The letter will contain details of where people will be able to find information online and a Freephone telephone number should they wish to speak with someone about this payment.

The Scottish government has also produced three clips of film introducing Social Security Scotland, the policy intent behind Carer’s Allowance Supplement and details on the way in which this benefit will be delivered:

Introduction to Social Security Scotland 

About Carer’s Allowance Supplement 

Questions Arising 

They have also produced a Guide to Carer’s Allowance Supplement for those working with carers – which you can read by clicking on the image below.