Carer's assistance

Carer’s allowance will transfer to the Scottish Government. Before then, you’ll be paid an extra carer’s allowance supplement if you get carer’s allowance and live in Scotland. When it transfers, you’ll continue to get carer’s allowance but it will be paid by Social Security Scotland, the new agency to deliver Scottish benefits. Later, the Scottish Government plans to make changes to eligibility rules as it develops the new carer’s assistance.

For young carers who can't get carer's allowance, there will be a new Scottish benefit.

Timeline

16 April 2018         Qualifying date for carer's allowance supplement

June 2018              Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018

Sets the framework rules for carer's assistance and provides for carer's allowance supplement

September 2018    Carer’s allowance supplement begins

15 October 2018   Qualifying date for carer's allowance supplement

10 December 2018 Consultation on young carer grant closed

15 April 2019         Qualifying date for carer's allowance supplement

30 April 2019         Draft Young Carer Grant Regulations published

By autumn 2019    Young carer grant begins

14 October 2019   Qualifying date for carer's allowance supplement

By 2021                 Carer’s allowance transfers to Scotland

Eligibility

There will be no change to the eligibility rules at the point that carer’s allowance is transferred.

The Scottish Government is consulting on changes they might make in the longer term.

Carer's allowance supplement

If you get carer’s allowance and live in Scotland, you'll get an extra carer’s allowance supplement for each six months until carer's allowance is transferred to Scotland. There is a qualifying date for each payment and you'll need to get carer's allowance on the qualifying date. If you are receiving carer’s allowance on the qualifying date and living in Scotland, you will get a payment automatically.

More information about carer's allowance supplement

Young carers

Young carers from age 16 can claim carer’s allowance. Young carers who don’t qualify for carer’s allowance could get a new young carer grant when it's introduced. For example, a young carer in full-time education can't get carer's allowance. You could get the young carer grant if you're aged 16 or 17. If you stay on at school you could get a grant at age 18. You must care for someone who gets certain disability benefits.

The young carer grant will be £300. You'll be able to apply once a year.

What you'll get

When carer’s allowance is transferred you’ll be paid at at least the same level as jobseeker’s allowance. Carer’s allowance is currently £66.15 a week, and jobseeker’s allowance is £73.10 a week. The transfer will happen by 2021.

How you'll apply

Now, you claim carer’s allowance from the Department for Work and Pensions.

You don’t need to apply for carer’s allowance supplement. It is paid automatically as long as you get carer's allowance on the qualifying date.

You'll apply to Social Security Scotland for the young carer grant once it's introduced in 2019. 

When carer’s allowance becomes a Scottish benefit, you’ll apply to Social Security Scotland.

How you'll be paid

At present, your carer’s allowance is paid by the Department for Work and Pensions either weekly or every 4 weeks into your bank account, building society or credit union account.

When it becomes a Scottish benefit, it will be paid by Social Security Scotland. Social Security Scotland will pay carer's allowance supplement into the same account as your carer's allowance. It will only be paid if your address for carer's allowance has a Scottish postcode. 

More information