Publication - Consultation paper

Scottish Carer's Assistance: discussion paper

Published: 19 Mar 2021
Directorate:
Social Security Directorate
Part of:
Health and social care, Money and tax
ISBN:
9781800047945

Discussion paper on proposed aims for Scottish Carer's Assistance, the Scottish replacement for Carer's Allowance.

Scottish Carer's Assistance: discussion paper
Footnotes

Footnotes

1. Carers UK, Valuing Carers, 2015, Table 2. (https://www.carersuk.org/for-professionals/policy/policy-library/valuing-carers-2015).

2. Scotland's Carers, Scottish Government, March 2015 https://www.gov.scot/publications/scotlands-carers/

3. Draft Carers Strategic Policy Statement, Scottish Government, September 2019 (https://www.gov.scot/publications/carers-strategic-policy-statement-draft-consultation/)

4. Analyses were conducted for the Outline Business Case for the Agency for Social Security in Scotland, Scottish Government, April 2017 https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/research-and-analysis/2017/04/outline-business-case-agency-social-security-scotland/documents/00517239-pdf/00517239-pdf/govscot%3Adocument/00517239.pdf, Central Functions of the Social Security Agency: Location Analysis – Phase 1 and Phase 2, Scottish Government, September 2017 https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/research-and-analysis/2017/09/central-functions-social-security-agency-location-analysis-phase-1-phase/documents/00524888-pdf/00524888-pdf/govscot%3Adocument/00524888.pdf, and Social Security Programme Business Case, Scottish Government, February 2020 https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/publication/2020/02/social-security-programme-business-case-executive-summary/documents/social-security-programme-pmo-business-cases-sspbc-version-4/social-security-programme-pmo-business-cases-sspbc-version-4/govscot%3Adocument/social-security-programme-pmo-business-cases-sspbc-version-4.pdf

5. Scotland Act 2016, Part 3, section 22 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2016/11/contents/enacted Also repeated in the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 at Schedule 2 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2018/9/contents/enacted

6. Scotland Act 2016, Part 3, section 22 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2016/11/contents/enacted Also repeated in the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 at Schedule 2 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2018/9/contents/enacted

7. Carer's Allowance Supplement, October eligibility date 2020 and Carer's Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance and Severe Disablement Allowance at August 2020: statistics, Scottish Government, February 2021 Carer's Allowance https://www.gov.scot/publications/carers-allowance-supplement-october-eligibility-date-2020-and-carers-allowance-disability-living-allowance-attendance-allowance-and-severe-disablement-allowance-at-august-2020-statistics/

8. Carer's Allowance Agency Agreement https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/carers-allowance-in-scotland-agency-agreement-and-service-level-agreement/carers-allowance-in-scotland-agency-agreement

9. The Evaluation of Carer's Allowance Supplement, Scottish Government, November 2020 https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/research-and-analysis/2020/12/evaluation-carers-allowance-supplement/documents/evaluation-carers-allowance-supplement/evaluation-carers-allowance-supplement/govscot%3Adocument/evaluation-carers-allowance-supplement.pdf

10. More about the Carer Benefits Advisory Group role and membership at https://www.gov.scot/groups/carer-benefit-advisory-group/

11. The National Carer Organisations are Carers Scotland, Carers Trust Scotland, Shared Care Scotland, Minority Ethnic Carers of People Project (MECOPP), Coalition of Carers in Scotland and Crossroads Caring Scotland. More at https://www.gov.scot/policies/social-care/unpaid-carers/#organisations

12. Social Security in Scotland: consultation, Scottish Government, July 2016 https://www.gov.scot/publications/new-future-social-security-consultation-social-security-scotland/pages/1/

13. More about the Disability and Carer Benefits Expert Advisory Group role and membership at https://www.gov.scot/groups/disability-carers-benefits-expert-advisory-group/

14. More on our Experience Panels at https://www.gov.scot/policies/social-security/engagement-on-social-security/

15. Draft Carers Strategic Policy Statement, Scottish Government, September 2019 https://www.gov.scot/publications/carers-strategic-policy-statement-draft-consultation/. The Carers Strategic Policy Statement consultation closed in December 2019. Please note that the consultation analysis and finalisation of the document has been postponed due to the pandemic.

16. The Evaluation of Carer's Allowance Supplement, Scottish Government, November 2020 https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/research-and-analysis/2020/12/evaluation-carers-allowance-supplement/documents/evaluation-carers-allowance-supplement/evaluation-carers-allowance-supplement/govscot%3Adocument/evaluation-carers-allowance-supplement.pdf

17. More information at https://www.gov.scot/groups/social-renewal-advisory-board/

18. If not now, when? - Social Renewal Advisory Board report, Scottish Government, January 2021 - gov.scot https://www.gov.scot/publications/not-now-social-renewal-advisory-board-report-january-2021/pages/5/

19. Independent Review of Health and Social Care, February 2021 https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/independent-report/2021/02/independent-review-adult-social-care-scotland/documents/independent-review-adult-care-scotland/independent-review-adult-care-scotland/govscot%3Adocument/independent-review-adult-care-scotland.pdf

20. Scotland's Carers – Update Release, Scottish Government, November 2019, https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/research-and-analysis/2015/03/scotlands-carers/documents/scotlands-carers---update-release/scotlands-carers---update-release/govscot:document/00548776.pdf

21. Carers Week 2020 Research Report: The rise in the number of unpaid carers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Carers UK, June 2020 https://www.carersuk.org/images/CarersWeek2020/CW_2020_Research_Report_WEB.pdf

22. The Carers (Scotland) Act defines a 'carer' as an individual who provides or intends to provide care for another individual, other than care provided to a person under 18 years old only as a result of their age, or care provided as part of a contract, or voluntary work. https://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2016/9/section/1/enacted

23. More information on support for unpaid carers in Scotland is available at: https://www.gov.scot/policies/social-care/unpaid-carers/. Coronavirus advice is available at https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-unpaid-carers/

24. More about the Carer Positive scheme at http://www.carerpositive.org/about/

25. Available from https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance/eligibility

26. Carer's Allowance Supplement, October eligibility date 2020 and Carer's Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance and Severe Disablement Allowance at August 2020: statistics, Scottish Government, February 2021 Carer's Allowance https://www.gov.scot/publications/carers-allowance-supplement-october-eligibility-date-2020-and-carers-allowance-disability-living-allowance-attendance-allowance-and-severe-disablement-allowance-at-august-2020-statistics/

27. Scottish Fiscal Commission forecasts of Carer's Allowance caseloads published January 2021 are available here https://www.fiscalcommission.scot/forecast/scotlands-economic-and-fiscal-forecasts-january-2021/ Chapter 5 – Social Security – Supplementary Tables – S5.1. Numbers receiving Carer's Allowance are expected to increase based on data showing past increases, as a result of population changes and more people being in receipt of qualifying disability benefits.

28. More information available at https://www.mygov.scot/carers-allowance-supplement/

29. More information available at https://www.mygov.scot/benefits/young-carer/

30. Draft Carers Strategic Policy Statement, Scottish Government, September 2019 https://www.gov.scot/publications/carers-strategic-policy-statement-draft-consultation/

31. More information on Our Charter at https://www.socialsecurity.gov.scot/about/our-charter

32. Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 Benefit Take-up Strategy, Scottish Government, October 2019 https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/strategy-plan/2019/10/social-security-scotland-act-2019-benefit-take-up-strategy-october-2019/documents/social-security-scotland-act-2018-benefit-take-up-strategy-october-2019/social-security-scotland-act-2018-benefit-take-up-strategy-october-2019/govscot:document/social-security-scotland-act-2018-benefit-take-up-strategy-october-2019.pdf

33. Research carried out by DWP in 2010 also found that Black and Minority Ethnic people are less likely to access DWP's Disability and Carers Service – the providers of Carer's Allowance – and less likely to be satisfied when they do. Ethnic minority customers of the Pension, Disability and Carers Service: An evidence synthesis. Allmark, P et al. 2010 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/214455/rrep684.pdf

34. The benefits that 'overlap' with Carer's Allowance are: State Pension, Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance, Unemployability Supplement – paid with Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit or War Pension, Widow's Pension or Bereavement Allowance, Widowed Mother's Allowance or Widowed Parent's Allowance, War Widow's or Widower's Pension, Maternity Allowance, Industrial Death Benefit, contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance, contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance

35. Carer's Allowance Supplement, October eligibility date 2020 and Carer's Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance and Severe Disablement Allowance at August 2020: statistics, Scottish Government, February 2021 Carer's Allowance https://www.gov.scot/publications/carers-allowance-supplement-october-eligibility-date-2020-and-carers-allowance-disability-living-allowance-attendance-allowance-and-severe-disablement-allowance-at-august-2020-statistics/

36. Most respondents to our 2016 consultation on social security, supported the goal we set for Scottish Carer's Assistance, that it would be 'not a payment for care [but] provide some financial support and recognition for those who choose to, or who have had to give up or limit their employment or study because of caring responsibilities'. https://www.gov.scot/publications/analysis-written-responses-consultation-social-security-scotland/

37. Scotland's National Performance Framework https://nationalperformance.gov.scot/


Contact

Email: ScottishCarersAssistance@gov.scot