Committee considers plans for additional payment for unpaid carers

02.07.2021

Plans for an additional payment for some unpaid carers are being considered by the Scottish Parliament’s Social Justice and Social Security Committee.

The Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill will double the Carer’s Allowance Supplement (CAS) to be paid in December. It will also give the Scottish Government power to increase the allowance in the future.

According to the Scottish Government, this change will help ease some of the economic harm which has affected the estimated 83,000 carers who currently receive the allowance.

Now the Committee wants to hear from carers support groups and others about whether this change will have the impact it is hoped.

Committee Convener, Neil Gray MSP said:

“The devastation caused by Covid has been felt throughout our towns and communities. It has been hard for people in so many ways, and it is important that those most affected are recognised and offered the support they need.” 

“This Bill wants to address some of the extra burden unpaid carers have taken on by increasing the level of the Carer’s Support Allowance. But what impact would this have on those facing unimaginable hardship as a result of Covid? 

“We want to hear from those working closely with carers about what this will mean in practice and whether the additional payment is the most appropriate way to support unpaid carers. We also want to learn whether people think the Scottish Government should have more flexibility to change this payment in the future.” 

CAS is targeted at those who have an intensive caring role and lower financial resistance. Although there are estimated to be around 690,000 unpaid carers, only an estimated 83,000 carers are eligible for the allowance.

Paid twice a year, the current payment is £231.40. The Bill would double the December 2021 payment. 

Background

The Social Justice and Social Security Committee was established in June 2021.

Those wanting to submit their views should submit these via  https://yourviews.parliament.scot/ssc/carers-allowance-supplement by 12 August.

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