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Carer’s Allowance Supplement to be paid by Christmas

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Carers in Scotland who were in receipt of Carer’s Allowance on 12 October 2020 will automatically get Carer’s Allowance Supplement of £230.10 on 18 December – just in time for Christmas.

The Scottish Government published its first evaluation of Carer’s Allowance Supplement today - and has revealed that unpaid carers in Scotland have valued the increased support.

The evaluation found:

  • Carer’s Allowance Supplement has made a positive difference to carers, not just financially but to their mental health and wellbeing
  • While carers feel more recognised by the Scottish Government, they don’t feel as visible to, or valued by, the wider public
  • Carers want more chances to undertake work outside the home, to help give them a sense of identity outside their caring role and reduce feelings of isolation

Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“There is no doubting the positive impact Carer’s Allowance Supplement has had on carers in Scotland. And I’m happy to announce the next automatic £230 payment will reach carers in time for Christmas.

“I know this has been a hard year for many carers which is why we also provided an additional coronavirus supplement of £230.10 in June this year. This means around 83,000 carers in Scotland will get up to £690 more this year compared to those in the rest of the UK.”

The Evaluation of Carer’s Allowance Supplement can be found here and is the first evaluation of the devolved benefits to be published.

More information regarding the Carer’s allowance supplement payment can be found here.

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