Carer’s allowance will become part of the Scottish social security system. Before this happens, you’ll get an extra carer’s allowance supplement if you get carer’s allowance and you live in Scotland. For young carers who can’t get carer’s allowance, a new young carer grant will be introduced by autumn 2019.
Find out more about carer's allowance on gov.uk.
Who can get carer’s allowance supplement
If you get carer’s allowance and live in Scotland, you get an extra carer’s allowance supplement once every six months. This arrangement will be in place until carer’s allowance is transferred to Scotland. There is a qualifying date for each six-monthly payment and you must be getting carer’s allowance on that date to qualify for the carer’s allowance supplement. If you are getting carer’s allowance on the qualifying date and you are living in Scotland, you will get the payment automatically.
Who will get the young carer grant
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, 17 or 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.
The Scottish government plans to introduce the young carer’s grant by autumn 2019.