Scottish unpaid carers to get double payment of Carer’s Allowance supplement

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Tuesday 12 October 2021

Tags: covid, welfare benefits, carer's allowance supplement, carer's allowance

This winter, tens of thousands of unpaid carers in Scotland will receive a double payment of the Carer’s Allowance supplement.

The December payment of the supplement will be £462.80, under legislation passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament last week. The extra payment recognises the additional pressures unpaid carers face as the pandemic goes on. More than 91,000 carers will benefit from the payment.

The Carer’s Allowance supplement was introduced in 2018, and the Scottish Government has once before doubled the payment as a result of the pandemic.

If you currently claim Carer’s Allowance, you won’t have to do anything to receive the supplement payment. It’ll be paid into the same account into which you receive Carer’s allowance.

Don’t live in Scotland but claim Carer’s Allowance?

We think all carers across the UK should get the Carer’s Allowance supplement to recognise the vital contribution unpaid carers make to society.

If you’re an unpaid carer and you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, get in touch with your MP and tell them that you think the Carer’s Allowance supplement should be applied across the UK.