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New benefit for young carers

Wednesday October 16th, 2019

16-18 year-olds to get cash support from next week.Scot_Flag_7105928XLrg_alt

Teenage carers in Scotland will be the first in the UK to be given financial support thanks to a new Scottish Government grant.

A new benefit will open for applications on Monday 21 October, with the Scottish Government investing £600,000 to support almost 2,000 young carers in 2019/20.

The Young Carer Grant will be available for 16, 17 and 18 year olds who spend an average of 16 hours caring for someone who receives a disability benefit.

Young Carer Grant opens for applications on Monday (21 October). Applications can be made online at mygov.scot, by phone or by post.
Background

The Young Carer Grant is available for 16-18-year olds who spend an average of 16 hours caring for someone who receives a disability benefit. Young carers can combine the hours they spend caring for more than one eligible person in order to reach the 16 hours a week
requirement.

The person or people the young person is caring for must have received one or more of the following benefits for at least the last three
months:

  • • the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • • the middle or highest care rate of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) including Child Disability Living Allowance
  • • Attendance Allowance
  • • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • • Constant Attendance Allowance – either: Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (at or above the normal maximum rate), or War Disablement Pension (at the basic rate)

Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“I am delighted that we are using our new social security powers to recognise the extraordinary contribution these dedicated young people make to the lives of those they care for. This is the first time young carers anywhere in the UK will receive a cash benefit.

With more responsibilities and less free time, many young carers don’t get the same opportunities as their peers and we want this benefit to support them with activities that many of their peers will take for granted.

We are putting this extra money in their pockets in what could be a pivotal stage in their lives – when they may be finishing school, looking for employment or starting further education or training.

“This new grant will ensure they are treated with the dignity, fairness and respect they deserve.”

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