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  • Scottish Carer's Assistance: consultation

    Created: 16/03/2022

    The Scottish Government seeks your views on proposals for Scottish Carer’s Assistance, a new Scottish benefit which will replace Carer’s Allowance, and be delivered by Social Security Scotland.

    Carer’s Allowance is currently paid by the Department for Work and Pensions and provides support to unpaid carers who meet certain criteria and are caring for 35 hours or more a week for someone receiving a disability benefit.

    This consultation asks for your views on proposals for how Scottish Carer’s Assistance could be different from Carer’s Allowance. It is split into three main sections:

    1. Scottish Carer’s Assistance when it first launches. This section sets out proposals for how the new benefit will work when it first opens for new applications, including who will be eligible for support, benefit rules, and how the Government could link carers to wider services and support.

    2. Extra money for carers in Scotland. This has questions on how Carer’s Allowance Supplement (an extra amount paid to carers in Scotland who get Carer’s Allowance) should be paid in the future. It also asks about proposed new support for people getting Scottish Carer’s Assistance and looking after more than one person who is getting a disability benefit. The Government is calling this extra support ‘Carer’s Additional Person Payment’ for now.

    3. Changes to Scottish Carer’s Assistance. After the Scottish Carer’s Assistance has launched, the Scottish Government can begin transferring benefits so people in Scotland who are getting Carer’s Allowance can get Scottish Carer’s Assistance instead. This process is known as ‘case transfer’. The third section sets out the proposed changes to make to the benefit once this process is complete. The proposals are based on the current work with carers and support organisations to look at how Carer’s Allowance could support more carers.

    The team leading on the consultation is also asking for your views on how the proposals could affect different groups of carers, and businesses in Scotland, and what we can do to make sure our new benefit works for everyone.

    The consultation opened on 28 February and will close on 23 May 2022. An EasyRead version is available.

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