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- Who will be able to get a young carer grant
- How much will the young carer grant be
- Claiming a young carer grant
Once it is introduced, you will be able to get a young carer grant if:
- you normally live in Scotland
- you are not entitled to carer’s allowance on the day you claim
- you are caring for someone, or for more than one person, who has a disability
- you are providing care for at least 16 hours a week on average
- no-one else has received a young carer grant in respect of the person you care for in the last year
To get a young carer grant the people you provide care for must be getting either,
- personal independence payment, daily living component
- disability living allowance care component, middle or highest rate, or
- attendance allowance
‘Care’ means something that involves an activity which promotes the physical, mental or emotional wellbeing of the person you are caring for. You must not be providing the care under a contract or as voluntary work.
In the 13 week period before you claim you must have provided 208 hours of care and you must have provided it in at least 10 of the 13 weeks. The hours of care can be made up of the time you spend caring for up to three people who have disabilities.
You will not normally be able to get a young carer grant if someone else has, in the year before you claim, received a young carer grant for the person you care for.
The young carer grant will be £300 and you will be able to get one grant per year. You will be able to get a maximum of three grants in total.
At the moment you can’t claim a young carer grant. Once it is introduced you will claim it from Social Security Scotland.
If you disagree with the decision made by Social Security Scotland on your young carer grant application you will be able to challenge this decision.