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Carers to receive extra cash by Christmas

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The majority of carers will receive their next payment of Carer’s Allowance Supplement on Friday 13 December.

This supplement is paid twice a year by Social Security Scotland to carers in receipt of Carer’s Allowance in Scotland.

The Carer’s Allowance Supplement is two automatic payments totalling £452.40 this year.

Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“I am delighted that Carer’s Allowance Supplement, now in its second year, has helped so many carers throughout Scotland. Carers make an invaluable contribution to society. This was the first payment we introduced and we did so to acknowledge their vital role.

“Social Security Scotland has committed to making the majority of payments on 13 December to ensure people have their money by Christmas to help at what can be challenging financial time.”

The Carer’s Allowance Supplement is paid to carers who are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance and living in Scotland on the relevant ‘qualifying date’. The qualifying date for the December payment was 14 October 2019.

Carers do not need to apply for the supplement, which is paid automatically, if they are due to get a payment.

In 2019-20 Carer’s Allowance is £66.15 per week. Carer’s Allowance Supplement increases this to the equivalent of £74.85 per week.

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