In recognition of the important contribution carers make the Carers Supplement Allowance payments will mean that people in Scotland, who were in receipt of Carer’s Allowance from the DWP on the qualifying date of Monday 16 April will receive a supplementary payment of £221. This payment will be issued automatically to eligible carers. There is no need for a form to be completed.
As this is the first payments Social Security Scotland will make they want to make sure these payments are paid safely and securely to people. For that reason, payments will be issued over a phased period. The vast majority of payments will be made by the end of September, with more complex cases completed by Thursday 15 October. Payment will be made using the same method that people get their Carer’s Allowance from the DWP.
In advance of payments being issued, carers will receive a letter explaining the payment to them and a leaflet to introduce Social Security Scotland as the new Scottish Government agency that will deliver these payments. It is expected that people will start to receive their letters from the week beginning 10 September.
The letter will contain details of where people will be able to find information online (mygov.scot) and a Freephone telephone number should they wish to speak with someone about this payment.
In order to make sure that those working with carers are fully informed on Carer's Allowance Supplement the Scottish Government are signposting people to the following links to three clips of film introducing Social Security Scotland, the policy intent behind Carer’s Allowance Supplement and details on the way in which this benefit will be delivered:
Introduction to Social Security Scotland https://youtu.be/g2UYcGW2O5s
About Carer’s Allowance Supplement https://youtu.be/Or3s_ELCURw
Questions Arising https://youtu.be/jF1woPiLPCQ
It also reiterates the information provided above on payment dates and eligibility information.
You can also download the Guide to Carer’s Allowance Supplement for those working with carers leaflet as a PDF which covers a lot of the frequently asked questions. Click here to download.
NCO PPE Guide for Carers in Scotland.
The National Carers Organisations have published a guide for using PPE answering your questions.
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