Unpaid carers in Scotland are set to receive double additional payments.
Tens of thousands of unpaid carers will receive a double payment of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement this winter under legislation passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament.
Recognising the additional pressures unpaid carers face as a result of the pandemic, the December payment of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement will be doubled to £462.80, benefitting more than 91,000 people.
This extra investment, forecast to total £21 million, will be the second time the Scottish Government has doubled a Carer’s Allowance Supplement payment.
The Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill will also give Ministers powers to provide eligible carers with additional financial support in future if the need arises.
Christina McKelvie, SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse said:
“The Carer’s Allowance Supplement was introduced in September 2018 to address the fact that Carer’s Allowance was the lowest of all working age benefits. The £230 payment is in addition to the Carers Allowance in recognition of the role carers play in society.
“In recognition of the additional pressures caused by the pandemic, tens of thousands of unpaid carers will now receive another additional payment of more than £230 through our Carer’s Allowance Supplement this winter. This additional payment means that this year carers in Scotland will get £694.20 more in support than carers in the rest of the UK.
“I know this will benefit many of my constituents in Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse and those across Scotland who provide invaluable care to so many across our country.”