The Carer’s Allowance Supplement is an additional payment to carers who live in Scotland and are receiving Carer’s Allowance on eligible dates selected by Scottish Government.
Eligibility for the new benefit is worked out by looking at 2 qualifying dates each year. These qualifying dates are required by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to provide the details of those in receipt of Carer’s Allowance, enabling Social Security Scotland to the payment.
For the first payments, the qualifying date was Monday 16th April. The next eligible date for the second round of payments is Monday 15th October.
The majority of payments were made in September, with more complex cases completed into early October; for the second eligibility date, payments will be made from December.
Eligibility dates and payments will fall every 6 months for the lifetime of the supplement. The supplement is a temporary measure until Social Security Scotland delivers all of Carer’s Allowance. At that point, the increase will be added to carers’ usual payment.
Carers are not required to make any applications, as payments will be received automatically. Carers should let HM Revenue and Customs know about their Carer’s Allowance Supplement as this may increase the amount of tax they need to pay. Carers will still pay no tax if their taxable income is below £11,850 per year.
For further information, please visit the Social Security Scotland website.