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Carer’s allowance

Carer’s allowance

Carer’s allowance is a payment you can get if you care for a disabled person.

The allowance is £81.90 a week and to get it you must:

  • be 16 or over
  • earn £151 or less a week after tax, National Insurance and expenses
  • spend at least 35 hours a week caring for them

You don’t have to be related or live with the person you care for to receive the payment. The person you care for needs to receive certain disability benefits.

Visit GOV.UK to find out:

  • if you’re eligible
  • what you will get
  • how to claim
  • what to do if your circumstances change

Carer’s Allowance Supplement

Carer’s Allowance Supplement is an extra payment for people in Scotland who get Carer’s Allowance on a particular date.

Carer’s Allowance Supplement is paid 2 times a year.

You don’t have to apply for Carer’s Allowance Supplement.

Visit mygov.scot to find out:

  • when and how payments are made
  • how to contact Social Security Scotland

Carer Support Payment

In November 2023, Social Security Scotland launched a pilot in some parts of Scotland to replace Carer’s Allowance. The pilot areas are:

  • Dundee City
  • Perth and Kinross
  • The Western Isles

If you live in one of these areas, you need to apply for the Carer Support Payment instead of Carer’s Allowance.

The Carer Support Payment is also £81.90 a week.

You will still receive the Carer’s Allowance Supplement.

Other benefits

If you are aged 16 to 18 and care for a disabled person for 16 hours or more weekly, you may also be able to get the Young Carer Grant.

Find out what other benefits and financial help you may be able to get.

The information was last updated on: 23rd May 2024

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