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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-17191: Fulton MacGregor (Coatbridge and Chryston)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 11 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the planned increase in carers allowance.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 21 June 2018

Carer’s Allowance Supplement will increase Carer’s Allowance to the level of Jobseeker’s Allowance, through two six month lump sum payments of £221 to eligible carers in 2018-19. It will be paid later this summer and uprated to take into account inflation from 2019-20.

The supplement is an increase of 13% in support to carers in 2018-19 and an investment of over £30 million a year, which will benefit over 70,000 carers. We have agreed with the UK Government that this additional support will not reduce entitlements elsewhere in the benefits system.