Benefits for carers | CPAG

Benefits for carers

Date: 
21 October 2019

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. Young carers who can’t get carer’s allowance may be able to get a young carer grant.

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.

Read more about the carer’s allowance supplement.

Who can 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 may be able to get a young carer grant. 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 is £300 and you can apply once a year.

Read more about the young carer grant.