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Young Carer Grant regulations: consultation

We are consulting on the development of the policy and regulations for the Young Carer Grant, a new benefit which will be delivered by Social Security Scotland.


Annex H: Consultation Questions

Questions on regulations

This section of the consultation covers the impact of the draft Young Carer Grant Regulations ( Annex E). These draft regulations provide the legal structure and rules to delivering the Young Carer Grant. These include eligibility, what assistance is available, the value of the payment and when to apply.

Question 1

The Young Carer Grant aims to help improve young carers' health and education outcomes at a key transition period in their lives. The grant aims to provide a new service of financial assistance to young carers to help improve their quality of life and break down barriers so they can access opportunities that are the norm for many other young people.

Do you think the draft regulations ( Annex E) are likely to meet the policy aims set out in this document?

Yes / No

If no, please explain:

Question 2

Can you identify any potential unintended consequences of the regulations?

Yes / No

If yes, please explain:

Questions on policy proposals

In this section we are keen to hear your views on some specific topics. These include combining caring hours for more than one cared-for person, multiple carers providing care for the same cared-for person and proposed timeframes for requesting a re-determination if a client is unhappy with the decision made on their application.

Question 3

We are aware of the changing role of carers and the needs of the cared-for person. Due to this, we are proposing that young carers would make a new application each year in order to receive payment.

Do you agree with this proposal?

If not, please explain:

Question 4

Some young carers may be providing care for more than one cared-for person. A young carer may not be providing the required 16 hours average of care per week to one cared-for person. But they may fulfil the required 16 hours average of caring for more than one cared-for person.

Example: Sean is 18 years old and is a pupil at secondary school. Sean cares 7 hours a week for their mother, and 9 hours a week for their brother. Sean's mother and brother are both entitled to a qualifying benefit.

Carer's Allowance restrictions do not currently allow carers to combine the hours of care provided for more than one person to meet the 35 hours per week requirement.

Should applicants be able to combine hours caring for more than one person to meet the required 16 hours average each week?

Yes / No

Please explain:

Question 5

There may be circumstances where a young carer is fulfilling the required 16 hours average of caring each week but another carer is in receipt of Carer's Allowance for providing care for the same cared-for person.

Example: Omar is a 17 year old college student and provides care for 16 hours a week for their auntie who is entitled to a qualifying disability benefit. Omar's auntie also receives care from their niece, Fatima, and Fatima receives Carer's Allowance.

Should young carers be eligible for the Young Carer Grant when another carer is in receipt of Carer's Allowance for providing care for the same person?

Yes / No

Please explain:

Question 6 (a)

Re-determination flowchart:

We propose that when a young carer is unhappy with the decision made on their application, they will be able to ask Social Security Scotland for a re-determination. They will have 31 calendar days to make this request after they have been informed of the initial outcome. 31 calendar days has been proposed so that the applicant is not limited to taking actions by working days restrictions.

Is 31 calendar days an acceptable time limit for requesting a re-determination?

Yes / No

If no, please explain:

Question 6 (b)

We propose that where a request for a re-determination is made for a Young Carer Grant application, then Social Security Scotland should complete this within 16 working days.

Is 16 working days an acceptable time for a re-determination to be completed by Social Security Scotland?

Yes / No

If no, please explain:

Question 7

We propose that Scottish claimants will be defined as those who are habitually resident in the European Economic Area ( EEA) and ordinarily resident in Scotland. This approach reflects existing practice where periods of residence and presence in any EEA jurisdiction can count towards meeting the eligibility criteria for accessing social security in any other.

Do you have any comments on the proposed approach to residency?

Yes / No

If yes, please explain:

Questions on Impact Assessments

Please see:

  • The Equality Impact Assessment summary at Annex A.
  • The Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment summary at Annex B.
  • The Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment summary at Annex C.

Question 8

The Young Carer Grant will not directly or indirectly discriminate on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation. The policy applies equally to those affected by its provisions. The Young Carer Grant will help to alleviate material deprivation, tackle inequality and provide some recognition to the immense contributions of young carers in Scotland.

Are you aware of any equality impacts on age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation of the Young Carer Grant that we have not identified?

Yes / No

If yes, please explain:

Question 9

The Young Carer Grant is intended to enhance the quality of life for young carers in Scotland. Evidence has shown that many young adult carers are more likely to be living in low income households, feel socially isolated and have poorer physical and mental wellbeing than non-carers. The Young Carer Grant is expected to have positive impacts on those children and young people directly, and to furthering positive discussions about the role and contributions young carers make to our society.

Are you aware of any impacts of Young Carer Grant on children's rights and wellbeing that we have not identified?

Yes / No

If yes, please explain:

Question 10

The Young Carer Grant will help in the promotion of the Economic Strategy and in the delivery of the priorities for sustainable growth. The Young Carer Grant represents an additional Scottish Government spend of approximately £500,000 each year into the Scottish economy and therefore there are likely to be positive impacts upon businesses.

Can you identify any business related impacts of Young Carer Grant that we have not identified?

Yes / No

If yes, please explain:

Question on additional considerations

Question 11

Do you have any additional comments on the content and proposals of this document?

Please explain:

Contact

Nicola.Smith@gov.scot

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