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Overview of Carer's Allowance Supplement

Carer's Allowance Supplement is an extra payment to help carers in Scotland who get Carer's Allowance.

Clients who qualify for Carer's Allowance Supplement will get this extra payment as well as their Carer's Allowance.

Carer's Allowance Supplement is paid by Social Security Scotland.

The Department for Work and Pensions will keep paying Carer's Allowance.

Getting Carer's Allowance Supplement

Clients do not have to apply for Carer's Allowance Supplement. They'll get it automatically if they both:

  • live in Scotland
  • get Carer's Allowance on a qualifying date.

Payments

We make 2 Carer's Allowance Supplement payments a year.

The next 2 rounds of payments are:

  • £270.50 in June 2023 - you'll get this payment if you were getting Carer's Allowance on 10 April 2023
  • £270.50 in December 2023 - you'll get this payment if you're getting Carer's Allowance on 9 October 2023

Clients will get their Carer's Allowance Supplement payment in the same way they get Carer's Allowance. For example, into the same bank account.

How Carer's Allowance Supplement is calculated

Everyone eligible for Carer's Allowance Supplement gets the same amount. It does not depend on income or circumstances.

The rate of Carer’s Allowance Supplement was originally set so that Carer’s Allowance and the Supplement combined would be equal to Jobseeker’s Allowance. Carer’s Allowance Supplement has since increased to reflect rising living costs, so the 2 payments combined are now worth more than Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) double payments

The Scottish Government has made 2 double payments of Carer’s Allowance Supplement to support carers during coronavirus.

Clients got:

  • £460.20 total payment in June 2020 if eligible on 13 April 2020
  • £462.80 total payment in December 2021 if eligible on 11 October 2021

If they’re eligible, clients do not have to do anything. It's automatically paid into the same account they receive their Carer's Allowance Supplement payments.

If a client's Carer's Allowance is backdated to include a qualifying date, they'll get the double payment too.

The extra payments do not affect any other benefits or tax credits the client is getting.

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