Carers financial support
Most up to date information on financial supports for carers can be found on the benefits for carers section of the Scottish Government website.
The Scottish Government has updated and produced a toolkit which provides an overview of the delivery of devolved benefits, delivery timetable, factsheets and information on spreading the word about devolved benefits.
February 2023 - Carer Support Payment to be piloted by the end of this year
Plans for the introduction of further Scottish Government benefits have been published as part of an updated Social Security Programme Business Case.
This confirms that Carer Support Payment will be the next payment to be introduced. Social Security Scotland will begin a pilot by the end of this year followed by national launch in spring 2024.
Carer Support Payment will replace the Carer’s Allowance for new applications. More information at https://www.gov.scot/news/carer-support-payment-to-be-piloted-by-the-end-of-this-year/.
Carer’s Allowance Supplement
Carers Allowance Supplement is paid twice a year to those in receipt of Carer’s Allowance. Unpaid carers received a double payment of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement this winter under legislation passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament in October 2021.
The December 2021 payment of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement in Scotland was doubled to £462.80.
Young carers support
Young Carers Grant
Information and Resources on the Young Carers Grant in Scotland.
Young Scot Card
Information for young carers including information, articles and Young Scot Card benefits is available on young.scot.
Videos and leaflets with more information
- Introduction to Social Security Scotland (YouTube Video)
- About Carer’s Allowance Supplement (YouTube Video)
- Questions Arising (YouTube Video)
- Carer’s Allowance Supplement Factsheet
- Carer’s Allowance Supplement for those working with carers