Increased financial support for carers in Scotland

By agency reporter
June 7, 2019

More than 83,000 carers in Scotland will this year get an extra £452.40 in Carer's Allowance Supplement as a result of Scottish Government spending.

Carer’s Allowance Supplement is a social security payment made to people who provide regular and substantial care to disabled people in their own homes.

The supplement was introduced by the Scottish Government last year and this year it will increase by 2.4 per cent. The majority of carers will get their next payment on 24 June.

The increase means that carers in Scotland will receive £452.40 more this year than equivalent carers in the rest of the UK.

The increase also means that Carer’s Allowance combined with Carer’s Allowance Supplement payments in Scotland are now higher than Jobseeker's Allowance. Whereas in the rest of the UK it remains the case that carers get less support than people in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance.

Speaking on a visit to Glasgow East End Carers Centre, Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “Carers make a vital but often unsung contribution to society and the Scottish Government greatly values the role our carers play. That is why this Government is investing £320 million to support them. ”Carer’s Allowance Supplement was the first payment we introduced through our new public service, Social Security Scotland. Our commitment to uprating these payments sees the amount of support provided to carers exceeding Jobseeker’s Allowance for the first time this year.

“This means that in Scotland it is no longer the lowest of the working age benefits available – and this brings to an end the long-standing injustice of carers being penalised for their caring. This progressive and distinctly Scottish approach stands in stark contrast to the regressive approach of the UK Government, which through its benefit freeze is implementing a huge real-terms cut to people’s income, leading to a catastrophic impact on their lives."

Carers who were getting Carer’s Allowance on Monday 15 April will receive £226.20 in the June payment round. They will receive letters from Social Security Scotland between 20 and 21 June 2019, to confirm details of their payment.

Carers are not required to do anything to receive this payment as, if eligible, it will happen automatically and be paid using the same method that people get their Carer’s Allowance from the DWP.

* Scottish Government https://www.gov.scot/

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