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Eligibility dates for 2023 Carer’s Allowance Supplement

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The eligibility dates to receive Carer’s Allowance Supplement for 2023 are 10 April and 9 October.

Carer’s Allowance Supplement is an extra payment, administered by Social Security Scotland, for people already getting Carer’s Allowance from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The payment recognises the important contribution of unpaid carers across Scotland.

People who are getting Carer’s Allowance on the qualifying dates will automatically receive Carer’s Allowance Supplement. Eligible carers will receive two payments of £270.50 as the supplement is paid as a six-month sum.

Payment dates will be announced later on in the year. People do not need to apply separately as it will be paid automatically to eligible carers and we will write to people in advance so they know when to expect a payment.

Some people do not get Carer's Allowance from DWP because they get other benefits instead. This is called an 'underlying entitlement'. If people have an ‘underlying entitlement’, they will not get Carer's Allowance Supplement, but they may be entitled to other benefits.

To find out about eligibility for Carer’s Allowance Supplement or any other support, carers may wish to contact their local Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) Bureau or Local Authority welfare advisors.

Details of local Citizens Advice Bureau can be found by visiting Citizens Advice Scotland. Contacts for Local Authority’s Welfare Rights and Debt Advice team can be found by visiting the relevant Local Authority website.

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