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.

Read the full rules for Carer's Allowance on

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:

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.

Advisory groups

We set up the following groups to advise Scottish Ministers on developing policy for social security benefits for carers: