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  • Scottish Carer's Assistance: consultation

    Created: 02/03/2022

    Views are being sought on plans to improve support for Scotland’s community of unpaid carers through the introduction of a new benefit.

    Under Scottish Government proposals, Scottish Carer’s Assistance will replace Carer’s Allowance, currently delivered by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), and be delivered by Social Security Scotland.

    It will support over 80,000 people who provide 35 hours per week or more of care to those receiving certain disability benefits. An additional payment of more than £500 a year will be made to those who care for more than one person.

    A consultation recently published outlines proposals aimed at improving the service that carers receive, including increased financial support and links to wider support in areas such as social care, employability, education and bereavement.

    It also highlights how support could be expanded once those already in receipt of Carer’s Allowance have been transferred from DWP to Social Security Scotland.

    The consultation can be completed here and closes for views on  23 May 2022.

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