The Scottish Government is consulting on the development of the policy and regulations for the Young Carer Grant, a new benefit which will be delivered by Social Security Scotland. The grant will provide a £300 one-off payment, which can be applied for annually for young carers aged 16-17 (and 18 if still at school) with significant caring responsibilities. The Young Carer Grant aims to provide some financial support during a key transition period in young carers’ lives to help improve their health and education outcomes as they move into the adult world.
The purpose of this consultation is to gather views on the policy and draft regulations and identify any gaps, issues or unintended consequences. They are also asking questions on some specific points about the effects of these regulations. They would like to gather views from a range of organisations and individuals to ensure they have identified the best solution. In addition to asking questions about the draft regulations and policy they are also asking for views on the potential impacts of Young Carer Grant on different groups and also on businesses.
The Scottish Government is now seeking views of any organisation or individual with an interest in these matters to ensure what is being proposed will meet the needs of clients in the Scottish social security system.
The Consultation is open until Monday 10 December 2018.