Updated Information for Carers on Social Security

The Scottish Government plans to pay the Carer's Allowance Supplement from this Summer, backdated to April of this year. When the Scottish Social Security Agency is established, the Scottish Government will pay all of Carer's Allowance including the increase.  Before that, to ensure they can pay the supplement from the earliest point possible, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will continue to pay the main Carer's Allowance and the Scottish Government will pay the Supplement.  The amount of the supplement will be the difference between Jobseeker's Allowance and Carer's Allowance, multiplied by 26 weeks.  At this years rates, that will be two payments of £270.40 during the financial year April 18 - March 19, the first being this summer.

The Scottish Government has a formal agreement with the UK Government, that additional benefit payments made by the Scottish Government will not be clawed back elsewhere.  This is set out in the Fiscal Framework document.

Benefits paid by the UK Government, including Income Support and Tax Credits, will not be affected by the Carer's Allowance Supplement.  The Carer's Allowance Supplement will not result in any reduction in the amount of Universal Credit people receive.  People receiving Carer's Allowance are already exempt from the Benefit Cap.

More information can be found here http://www.carersuk.org/scotland/news/updated-information-for-carers-on-social-security

The Minister for Social Security, Jeanne Freeman, has recorded an update for Carers on the plans for social security in Scotland. In it she sets out the plans and timescales for setting up a social security agency in Scotland and taking over the 11 devolved benefits by 2020. She also answers questions which were raised by Carers about the government's plans.