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Carers Allowance Supplement

The Carers Allowance Supplement is being introduced to meet the Scottish Government’s commitment to increase Carers Allowance to the level of Jobseekers Allowance.

Who is eligible?

Carers Allowance Supplement is only payable to carers who live in Scotland. It will be paid as a lump sum twice a year to people in receipt of Carer’s Allowance on the qualifying date.  The first qualifying date was 16 April 2018 and the second 15 October 2018.

It cannot be paid to carers who do not receive Carers Allowance but instead have an “underlying entitlement”. An underlying entitlement is where you are not being paid Carers Allowance because another benefit is paid at a higher rate. This applies to, for example, the state pension and Employment and Support Allowance.


When will I receive it?

Eligible carers received their first payment in September 2018.  The next payment will be made in December 2018 and, if you were claiming Carers Allowance on 15 October, you will receive a letter informing you that you will receive a payment.

As long as you are still receiving Carer’s Allowance, you will continue to receive these payments every six months. If you receive a payment for a six month period but your caring role ends before the six months are over, you do not need to repay this payment.


How much is it?

Carers Allowance Supplement will be two payments of £221 in 2018/19. Each payment will cover six months.

In 2019/20 this amount may change. The supplement is calculated using the rates of Carers Allowance and Jobseeker’s Allowance (plus an adjustment for inflation) paid by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – and these rates may change in 2019/20.


How do I claim CAS?

You do not need to do anything. As long as you were living in Scotland and receiving Carer's Allowance on the qualifying dates, you will receive the payment automatically.


Impact on other benefits

Carers Allowance Supplement will not affect other benefits such as housing benefit, income support, universal credit or council tax reduction. You do not need to tell anyone about this payment for benefit purposes and it will not affect the amount of any other benefit you receive.

Carers Allowance Supplement will not be counted as income in calculating your Tax Credits award. However, Carer’s Allowance itself continues to be counted as income for tax credits.

Carer’s Allowance Supplement will also not be taken into account in income assessments for college student support.


Income Tax

Both Carers Allowance and the Carers Allowance Supplement are taxable, so you should let HM Revenue and Customs know about your Carer’s Allowance Supplement as this may increase the amount of tax you need to pay. You will pay no tax if your taxable income is below the annual personal allowance (£11,850 for 2018/19). Find out more on the HMRC website.

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