There are benefits you may be able to claim and other support available if you are caring for someone.
You may qualify for Carer's Allowance if you spend 35 hours a week or more looking after someone who is getting Attendance Allowance, the Daily Living Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or the middle/highest rate Care Component of Disability Living Allowance.
- You must be aged 16 or over.
- You do not need to live in the same house as the person you care for.
- Carer's Allowance is not means tested and you do not need to have paid National Insurance contributions.
- You may not be able to get paid Carer's Allowance if you receive certain overlapping benefits but it may still be worth claiming to get underlying entitlement.
- Payment of, or underlying entitlement to Carer's Allowance gives you entitlement to an extra amount within certain means tested benefits.
- It can sometimes affect the benefits of the person you look after if you receive Carer's Allowance.
- You cannot get Carer's Allowance if you earn more than £125 per week after tax/National Insurance or if or if you are in full time education.
How to claim
How much is Carer's Allowance?
From April 2020, the rate of Carer's Allowance is £67.25 per week.
Carer's Allowance Supplement
Carer's Allowance Supplement (CAS) is an additional payment paid by Social Security Scotland to those being paid Carer's Allowance. CAS is paid twice a year. There is no application process. The payments will be paid automatically via the same method as your Carer's Allowance. There are two qualifying dates on which Carer's Allowance must have been paid, further information can be found on the Scottish Government website
If you have a low income you may be entitled to an additional premium/element or addition in your existing benefit or if you're only in receipt of Carer's Allowance you may be entitled to Universal Credit (UC) and/or Council Tax Reduction.
Get further information about Carer's Allowance such as the overlapping benefit rules, underlying entitlement and the Carer Premium.
Young Carer Grant
The Young Carer Grant is a new yearly cash payment of £300 for 16-18 year olds which carers can spend as they choose. Young carers can claim if they are at school, in further education, employed or unemployed and may be eligible if they meet all of the following criteria:
- they live in Scotland
- they are 16, 17 or 18 years of age when applying
- caring for an average of 16 hours per week, over a 13 week period
- care for someone normally paid a qualifying disability benefit
- they have not applied for or receive Carer's Allowance
- they are not paid or volunteer to care
Help with Council Tax
If you live with the person you care for your Council Tax liability may be reduced because:
- You care for the person (please note no carer disregard can be applied if you care for your spouse/partner).
- The person you care for has a severe mental impairment.
- The house you live in has been adapted in a way that would reduce your Council Tax band.
For more information: Difficulty paying your Council Tax
Short breaks for carers
You may also be entitled to some time off from your caring role.
For more information: Short breaks for carers
PKAVS Carer's Hub
PKAVS Carer's Hub can provide information, advice and support to carers on a range of things that may affect you including your rights as a carer, Power of Attorney/Guardianship and more. The Carer's Hub provides support for carers from as young as 8-years-old.