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  • Young Carer Grant - Teen carers urged to apply for Scottish benefit

    Created: 03/04/2024
    News/Events Category: Children and Families
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    Scottish teenagers who look after others are being urged to find out if they are eligible for the Young Carer Grant.

    The Grant has supported over 6,600 teenagers in Scotland since its inception in 2019, however approximately 25% of those who are eligible do not apply, often because they do not recognise themselves as carers and just see the support they give as part of family life.

    The Carers Trust has joined Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice Shirley-Anne Somerville to urge teenagers who look after others to recognise their vital caring role and to apply for the support available to them. 

    The Young Carers Grant, paid by Social Security Scotland, is available to those aged 16-18 who spend 16 or more hours a week looking after someone who gets a disability benefit. 

    Who Should Apply? 

    You can get Young Carer Grant if all of these apply:

    • You live in Scotland
    • You're 16, 17 or 18 years old
    • You've been caring for one or more people for around 16 hours a week, for the last three months
    • The person or people you care for are getting certain benefits
    • You're not being paid to care for someone you will use in your application as part of your job
    • You're not helping care for the people you apply for as a volunteer, for example as part of a care group or charity
    • You're not already getting Carer Support Payment, Carer's Allowance from the Department for Work and Pensions or Northern Ireland's Carer's Allowance

    If you could not apply before your 19th birthday due to the disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), you can still apply. Your application will be viewed as being made on time.

    The Person You Care For and Their Benefits 

    The person or people you care for must have been getting one or more of these benefits for at least the last three months:

    • The daily living component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
    • The middle or highest care rate of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), including Child Disability Living Allowance
    • The middle or highest care rate of Child Disability Payment
    • The daily living component of Adult Disability Payment
    • Attendance Allowance
    • Armed Forces Independence Payment
    • Constant Attendance Allowance

    If a person you care for gets Constant Attendance Allowance, they need to be getting either:

    • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (at or above the normal maximum rate)
    • War Disablement Pension (at the basic rate)

    How To Apply 

    Click here to apply for the grant. 

    You will need your National Insurance number, bank details, and details of the person you care for.

    You can apply online, over the phone, or by post. 

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