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Young Carer Grant pays out £2.3 million since launch

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Over 7,000 Young Carer Grant payments totalling £2.3 million have been made to young carers across Scotland, according to the latest figures published today.

Launched in October 2019 by Social Security Scotland, Young Carer Grant was the first benefit of its kind in the UK. The payment can be applied for once a year by young carers aged 16, 17, and 18 who care for someone who is normally paid a qualifying disability benefit.

The payment is a flat rate of £326.65 and acknowledges the young person’s carer role helping them take part in opportunities that are the norm for many other young people.

Carers can decide how to spend the money, for example, on new clothes, a music or TV streaming service or anything else that helps them take a break from their day to day caring responsibilities. With Christmas approaching, young carers are encouraged to check if they are eligible for financial support.

Applications were received from young people living in all local authorities. The highest number of applications were from Glasgow City, which accounts for 15% of all applications received to the end of October 2022. The next highest areas were from North Lanarkshire and Fife.

Young carers who previously received the grant and still meet the eligibility criteria can re-apply 12 months from the date of their previous successful application.

To check eligibility and apply visit or call free on 0800 182 2222.

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