MSP Angela Constance has welcomed the introduction of the new Carer Support Payment following the First Minister’s announcement of improved support for unpaid carers in his Programme for Government.
The pilot which starts in November will cover those already in receipt of Carers Allowance. Unlike previous support, the payment will be available to unpaid carers who are studying full-time. starting in February 2024. The Scottish Government says the benefit will be rolled out nationally from Spring next year, resulting in an improved service to carers and joining up with wider services to ensure better access to information on the wide range of support available.
Angela Constance MSP commented:
“This new Carer Support Payment in Spring 2024, delivered by the Scottish Government, will ensure vital support is available to more unpaid carers than ever before in Almond Valley. The Scottish Government is introducing a new Carer Support Payment to provide support for over 80,000 carers, including those who are presently excluded from DWP support because of studying full-time. This is the 14th benefit provided by Social Security Scotland and reaffirms the government's commitment to supporting carers. The payment is part of the First Minister's plan to reduce poverty and support carers and people who are cared for. The local authority will accept applications for the Carer Support Payment from November this year.”
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