The Carer's Assistance (Carer Support Payment) (Scotland) Draft Regulations 2023: policy note

This instrument sets out the rules and eligibility criteria for The Carer’s Assistance (Carer Support Payment) (Scotland) Draft Regulations 2023 and includes provision for transfer of benefits for individuals who live in Scotland and receive CA to Social Security Scotland and Carer Support Payment.

Nil awards

Regulation 23 provides for an ongoing award of Carer Support Payment to be set to £0 in certain circumstances. This is intended to prevent overpayments where a carer is not entitled to support but it is anticipated to be a temporary break in entitlement. This will prevent the need for an award to be ended and carers to re-apply for support. Carer Support Payment awards would be set to £0 for any week in which a cared for person's qualifying benefit award is set to £0 or not in payment, when it is suspended in certain circumstances, or when it is ended. An award of Carer Support Payment may also be set to £0 where a carer has earnings over the earnings limit, or where they have exceeded the allowed amount of breaks in care.



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