Home News and views New Young Carers Grant introduced in Scotland
Thursday 31 October 2019
Last week saw the introduction of a new payment for young carers in Scotland.
The Young Carers Grant is a lump sum payment of £300, which can be made once a year to 16-18 year olds who are providing at least 16 hours a week care to a severely disabled person.
In order to qualify for a payment a young carer must be all of the following:
No. If the young carer looks after more than one severely disabled person, they can add together the care they provide to up to three different people. However, all of the disable people counted must be on one of the benefits mentioned above.
The grant is paid to young people for care that promotes the “physical, mental or emotional wellbeing of an individual,” so it is likely that supervision and emotional support will count as well as physical care.
Yes. If a young carer meets the qualifying rules they can get a grant, even if someone else is already claiming Carer’s Allowance for the person that they are helping look after.
So for example, a young carer who helps their parent to look after a disabled brother or sister can get a carer’s grant, regardless of the fact that their parent is already getting Carer’s Allowance as their sibling’s main carer.
No. Only one young carer can receive a grant for looking after the same disabled person.
The new grants became available from 21 October 2019. A young carer can apply either:
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