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S5W-10569: Claudia Beamish (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the information provided at tables 3a and 3b in the Social Security (Scotland) Bill Financial Memorandum, what the weekly rate will be of (a) carer's allowance, (b) the carer’s allowance supplement and (c) the combined amount in each year to 2022.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 25 August 2017

The Scottish Government plans to increase Carer’s Allowance to the level of Jobseeker’s Allowance from next year. The following table sets out the anticipated levels of payments based on UK Government policy on annual increases to these benefits (uprating).

 

Anticipated weekly rates

Year

Carer's Allowance

Carer's Allowance Supplement

Combined amount

2018-19

£64.32

£8.78

£73.10

2019-20

£65.77

£7.33

£73.10

2020-21

£67.06

£7.53

£74.59

2021-22

£68.41

£7.68

£76.08

The UK Government uses the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as a basis for uprating benefits, although Jobseeker’s Allowance has been frozen until 2019-2020. These figures use the most recent CPI forecasts from the Office of Budget Responsibility.