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New claims for Carer’s Allowance made before next month could be due extra £245
New claims for Carer's Allowance made before next month could be due extra £245,You could be eligible for weekly payments of £69.70 plus an extra £245.70 in June and December.

New claims for Carer’s Allowance made before next month could be due extra £245

More than 81,000 people currently claiming Carer’s Allowance received an extra payment for £245.70 in December 2022 as part of a unique benefit only available in Scotland. Carer’s Allowance Supplement is a devolved payment, only given to those living in Scotland, twice each year.

Even though Carer’s Allowance is a benefit delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the supplement is administered by Social Security Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government. The payments of £245.70 are made automatically to people who are in receipt of the benefit on two specific qualifying dates throughout the year.

To be eligible for the June payment, people will need to have made a claim for Carer’s Allowance to DWP by April 10, 2023. To qualify for the December payment, claims must be received by October 10, 2023 – the second qualifying date has still to be confirmed on MyGov.Scot.

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The type of care you provide

You need to spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone.

This can include:

  • helping with washing and cooking

  • taking the person you care for to a doctor’s appointment

  • helping with household tasks, like managing bills and shopping


Guidance on GOV.UK states that all of the following must apply:

  • You are 16 or over

  • You spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone

  • You have been in Scotland for at least two of the last three years (this does not apply if you’re a refugee or have humanitarian protection status)

  • You are not in full-time education

  • You are not studying for 21 hours a week or more

  • You are not subject to immigration control

  • Your earnings are £132 or less a week after tax, National Insurance and expenses

How do I make a claim for Carer's Allowance?

You can claim online at the GOV.UK website here or phone the Carer’s Allowance Unit for a claim form on 0800 731 0297.

Before you apply make sure you have your:

  • National Insurance number (if you have a partner you’ll need theirs too)

  • Bank or building society details

  • Employment details and latest payslip if you’re working

  • P45 if you’ve recently finished work

  • Course details if you’re studying

  • Details of any expenses, for example pension contributions or the cost of caring for your children or the disabled person while you’re at work

GOV.UK guidance states that you also need details of the person you care for.

You need their:

  • Date of birth and address

  • National Insurance number if they are 16 or over

  • Disability Living Allowance reference if they are under 16

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More help and advice about Carer's Allowance

You can get more help and advice from:

  • Carers UK

  • Carers Trust

  • Citizens Advice Scotland

  • NHS: Carers Direct helpline

Find out more about claiming Carer’s Allowance on the website here.

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