Carer’s Allowance is a benefit payment of £67.60 a week which is given to claimants if they look after someone for least 35 hours a week. Anyone receiving this benefit from the DWP must also be receiving other social security payments, such as Universal Credit. However, unpaid carers in Scotland are able to receive an additional amount of money, known as the Carer’s Allowance Supplement, if they get the original DWP benefit on a certain date.
Ben Macpherson, the Scottish Government’s Social Security Minister, outlined the importance of assisting unpaid carers over the winter months. Mr Macpherson said: “Unpaid carers provide essential support to family, friends and neighbours. Their roles have been even more important during the pandemic, with many taking on additional tasks and facing higher costs of looking after people staying at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We introduced the Carer’s Allowance Supplement in 2018 in recognition of the vital role unpaid carers play in our society, and because the UK Government’s Carer’s Allowance is the lowest of all working age benefits.
“Like we did last year, this December we want to provide a double supplement of £462.80 to support unpaid carers with the additional pressures they’ve experienced because of the pandemic. This will benefit carers on low incomes who already have some of the most intense caring roles. This financial assistance adds to the other ways we are helping unpaid carers, who can also access support through their local carer centres, such as information, advice, counselling and advocacy services.” Paul Traynor, Head of External Affairs at Carers Trust Scotland, voiced his support for the payment boost for unpaid carers.
“They continue to prop up the health and social care sector and shoulder the impact of additional caring responsibilities through this difficult period. Creating measures of support which deliver real impact to carers’ daily lives is much needed. We believe the Carer’s Allowance Supplement is a positive step towards valuing the role of carers as equal partners in care and recognising their crucial contribution to Scotland’s economy.”