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Extra financial support for carers

Published Tuesday, 04 September 2018

Scotland's new public service to make first social security payments

Carers will receive the first payments of the new Carer's Allowance Supplement from mid-September 2018, backdated to April 2018.

This new benefit will be paid twice a year by Social Security Scotland, the first major new public service to be created since devolution.

Eligible carers will get a supplementary payment of £221, equivalent of an extra £8.50 per week, an increase of 13% on Carer's Allowance from the Department of Work and Pensions.

In advance of payments being issued, carers will receive a letter explaining the payment to them and a leaflet to introduce Social Security Scotland as the new Scottish Government agency that will deliver these payments.  People should start receiving their letters from the week beginning 10 September 2018.  The letter will contain details of where people will be able to find information online (mygovscot) and a freephone number.

Please watch the following short films introducing Social Security Scotland, the policy intent behind Carer's Allowance Supplement and details on the way in which this benefit will be delivered:

Introduction to Social Security Scotland

About Carer’s Allowance Supplement

Questions Arising

It also reiterates the information provided above on payment dates and eligibility information.

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