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Carer’s Allowance Supplement pays out over £19 million in December

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More than 83,000 Carer’s Allowance Supplement payments were made following October’s qualifying date.

Eligible carers in Scotland received £230.10, a total expenditure of £19.3 million. The bulk of these payments were made during December.

The latest Carer’s Allowance Supplement statistics were published today, and show over two thirds of payments were made to female carers and more than 45 per cent of payments were made to people over 50.

Since opening during September 2018, 489,350 Carer’s Allowance Supplement payments have been made to 113,750 carers.

Carers who received Carer’s Allowance on 12 October 2020 were eligible for the most recent payment, which was made to 1,500 extra people when compared with the previous year.

More than £820,000 was also paid in one off Coronavirus Carer’s Allowance Supplement payments to 3,569 people in recognition of the additional pressure faced by unpaid carers during the coronavirus pandemic. More than 80,000 Coronavirus Carer’s Allowance Supplement payments were originally made in June, with the most recent awards being made due to backdated Carer’s Allowance claims.

The eligibility dates for this year’s Carer’s Allowance Supplement are 12 April and 11 October. Exact payment dates will be provided nearer the time.

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