Carers – make sure you get the money that you are entitled to

Home — By on October 24, 2018 11:12 am

The Scottish Government has introduced a new benefit – Carer’s Allowance Supplement. This is extra money on top of Carer’s Allowance from the DWP in recognition of the contribution of carers.

This first payments of Carer’s Allowance Supplement – which are being made through a new public service called Social Security Scotland – are coming to a close. Payments started in September and approximately 75,000 have now been made. The final more complex payments are in the process of being completed and all carers should receive their payments by Monday 15 October.

In instances where the carer has passed away, we seek to make the payment to the next of kin. In these cases timescales for payment will be dependent on identifying this person and making arrangements for the payment to be made.

If you are a carer who lives in Scotland and was getting Carer’s Allowance from the DWP on Monday 16 April 2018, you should have had a letter followed by a payment of £221 in the same way that you receive your Carer’s Allowance. If you have not had a letter and a payment, Social Security Scotland are keen to hear from you so that they can make sure that you get this money that you are entitled to. The fastest way to notify Social Security Scotland is by freephone 0800 182 2222. You can give your details to Social Security Scotland who will work with the DWP to investigate and process your payment. The next Carer’s Allowance Supplement will be paid to everyone who was getting  Carer’s Allowance from the DWP on Monday 15 October. These payments will be paid in batches in December.

For information on Carer’s Allowance Supplement please visit mygov.scot/carers-allowance-supplement.

 

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