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Are you claiming your Carer’s Allowance Supplement (CAS)?

Did you know that you may be eligible for a Carer’s Allowance Supplement? This is an extra payment from the Scottish Government to carers in Scotland. If you are receiving a full or partial Carer’s Allowance payment from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), then you may be eligible.

If you are a Carer who lives in Scotland and are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance from the DWP on two set dates per year, then you will get this payment. Social Security Scotland will pay £226.20 every six months.

This payment will be for Carers who were getting Carer’s Allowance from the DWP on Monday 15 April 2019.

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How to claim your CAS

Carers who are eligible to receive this payment will get a letter in the post. Carers will have received letters from Social Security Scotland between 20th June 2019 and 21st June 2019 to confirm the details of their payment. All payments will be paid straight into the same bank or Credit Union account as your Carer’s Allowance. 

The Carer’s Allowance Supplement will not affect any other benefits. Carer’s in Scotland will continue to receive Carer’s Allowance at the same time and rate as they do now. 

Further information on the Carer’s Allowance Supplement

Social Security Scotland paid the third round of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement payments on 24 June 2019.

It also included payments for those who were receiving Carer’s Allowance from the DWP on Monday 16 April 2018 and Monday 15 October 2018 who did not receive their payments in last year’s payment rounds. 

The next qualifying date for a Carer’s Allowance extra payment to be paid in December is Monday 14 October 2019. If people qualify for both payments, then they will receive a total of £452.40 in 2019. 

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Are you a Young Carer?

The Young Carer Grant launched on Monday 21 October and is available for 16, 17 and 18 year-olds who spend an average of 16 hours caring for a person or people who receive a disability benefit.

The yearly payment of £300 is a cash benefit for young carers to spend as they choose. They can apply if they are at school, in further education, employed or unemployed.

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. This is the first benefit of its kind anywhere in the UK. You can find out more and apply online at MyGov.

Find out more about the Carer’s Allowance Supplement

If you would like to find out more about the Carer’s Allowance Supplement, then you can visit If you have any questions on this payment, then you can call Social Security Scotland on Freephone 0800 182 2222. You can also talk to us at the East Dunbartonshire Citizens Advice. Pop in or give us a call on 0141 775 3220.

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