The Carer's Allowance Supplement was found to have had a positive overall impact on carers, but a limited effect on day-to-day finances.
The Scottish Government have published an evaluation of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement (CAS). (this link will take you away from our website.) CAS is an additional payment made twice a year in addition to the normal Carer’s Allowance. The first payment of this benefit was made in September/October 2018.
CAS is a temporary top-up benefit until the delivery of Carer’s Allowance fully transfers from the UK Government to the Scottish Government. Carers currently receiving Carer’s Allowance automatically receive the supplement. This year (2020), each payment is £230.10. The second payment for 2020 is due on the 18th of December.
Carers said that the CAS had a positive impact on them in a number of ways:
- Ability to spend it on leisure activities they otherwise couldn’t have afforded
- Small improvements to mental health and wellbeing
- Feeling of being valued by the Scottish Government
However, carers also generally stated it hadn’t made a substantial impact on their day-to-day finances, though those struggling the most financially tended to find the greatest improvement. Although carers felt valued by government, they didn’t feel any more valued by society as whole. Carers also reported that they would appreciate more opportunities outside of their caring role.