Date lodged: 9 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answers to questions S5W-14564 and S5W-14565 by Jeane Freeman on 6 and 8 March 2018 respectively, whether the carers supplement and carers allowance will be combined into carers assistance and, if so, when.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 19 March 2018
Regulations under section 11 of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill will be brought forward following the passage of Bill. These will make provision for a number of forms of assistance to be provided to carers, including assistance to replace Carer’s Allowance and to introduce the Young Carer Grant.
Carer’s Allowance Supplement is a temporary measure until the Scottish social security agency takes on full responsibility for paying assistance to carers as provided for by the Bill. At this point, carers in Scotland will receive support at a higher rate, removing the need for the additional payment provided through the Carer’s Allowance Supplement.
We will announce further implementation dates in due course.