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Carer's Allowance Supplement

The Carers Allowance Supplement was introduced in 2018 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 next payment round is:

  • £226.20 in December 2019 (exact date is to be confirmed) - you'll receive this payment if you're getting Carer's Allowance on 14 October 2019

It cannot be paid to carers who do not receive Carer's Allowance but instead have an “underlying entitlement”. An underlying entitlement is where you are not being paid Carer's 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?

Payments are made every 6 months.The first payment this year was 24 June and we will confirm the date of the December payment as soon as this has been announced. 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 £226.20 in 2019/20. Each payment will cover six months.

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).


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. Find out more on the HMRC website.

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