Carers will receive the first payments of the new Carer’s Allowance Supplement from mid-September, back-dated to April.
This new entitlement (this link will take you away from our website) will be paid twice a year by Social Security Scotland, the agency established to administer the eleven social security payments devolved in the Scotland Act 2016.
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.
The Cabinet Secretary for Social Security, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, said:
“We recognise the important contribution carers make, and we believe the current total paid out to them is not enough. This supplementary payment allows us to get more money in the pockets of carers in Scotland as quickly as possible.
We have always made clear we believe that Carer’s Allowance should be the same rate as Jobseeker’s Allowance. Having new powers over social security means we can make this a reality and this additional payment is in recognition of the important contribution carers make to society.”