Benefits for carers
The benefit currently available for carers is Carer's Allowance, which helps certain eligible people with the expenses incurred by caring for someone with substantial caring needs.
How we are improving Carer's Allowance
In October 2015 the First Minister committed to increasing the level of Carer's Allowance to that of Jobseeker's Allowance, by paying out an additional Carer's Allowance Supplement in Scotland.
The Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 provides a mechanism to pay the Carer's Allowance Supplement at the earliest opportunity, which will be from mid-September 2018 backdated to April.
We will also:
- increase the Carer's Allowance for those looking after more than one disabled child
- introduce a Young Carer Grant from autumn 2019 to help carers aged 16, 17, and 18 if still in school, to help them access the same opportunities as other young adults
- the Scottish Carer’s Allowance will launch in early 2022
Further information on the Carer's Allowance Supplement:
- News story: Extra financial support for carers
- Carer's Allowance Supplement: factsheet
- Carer's Allowance Supplement: advice for welfare advisers
- Further information on mygov.scot
Further information on the Young Carer's Grant:
Policy position papers
We have published a series of social security policy papers setting out our position on the development of the devolved benefits in Scotland.
We set up the following groups to advise Scottish Ministers on developing policy for social security benefits for carers:
- Carer Benefit Advisory Group
- Disability and Carers Benefits Expert Advisory Group
- Young Carer Grant Working Group