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.
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
17 September 2018 Consultation on young carer grant (ends 10 December 2018)
15 April 2019 Qualifying date for carer's allowance supplement
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
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.
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. The first payment will be £221 in September/October 2018 followed by a second payment of £221 later in 2018, then further payments about every six months. There will be a qualifying date for each payment and you'll need to get carer's allowance on the qualifying date. The first qualifying date is 16 April 2018. If you were receiving carer’s allowance on this date and living in Scotland, you will get a payment.
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.
Consultation on the young carer grant runs from 17 September to 10 December 2018. Have your say
What you'll get
When carer’s allowance is transferred you’ll be paid at the same level as jobseeker’s allowance. Carer’s allowance is currently £64.60 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 won’t need to apply for carer’s allowance supplement. That will be 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.