There are a number of benefits and grants that you or the person you are caring for may be eligible for.
Carer’s Allowance is a benefit for people who are giving regular and substantial care to a disabled child or adult.
You can usually get Carer’s Allowance if all of the following apply:
The person you’re caring for must get one of the following benefits, called ‘qualifying benefits’:
To make a claim for Carer’s Allowance you can:
Carer’s Allowance Supplement is an extra payment for people in Scotland who get Carer’s Allowance.
Carer’s Allowance Supplement is paid 2 times a year.
The 2 rounds of payments in 2022 are:
To find out more: https://www.mygov.scot/carers-allowance-supplement
Young Carer Grant is a yearly payment of £326.65 made by Social Security Scotland for young carers in Scotland.
To be able to get Young Carer Grant, you must be 16, 17 or 18 years old.
You must also have been caring for 1, 2 or 3 people for an average of 16 hours a week for at least the last 3 months. If you care for more than one person, you can combine the hours of the people you care for to average 16 hours a week.
You can get Young Carer Grant once a year, up until you turn 19. You’ll need to fill in a new form or call Social Security Scotland each year you want to apply.
How you spend the Young Carer Grant is up to you. You could use it for things like new clothes, driving lessons or a holiday. You do not need to tell Social Security Scotland what you spend the money on.
To find out more about the Young Carer Grant and how to apply:
Child Winter Heating Assistance is a benefit from the Scottish Government which helps disabled children and young people and their families with increased heating costs over winter.
It’s paid once a year. The payment for winter 2022-2023 is £214.10.
Payments are usually made from the end of November onwards.
You do not need to apply for this, as payments are made automatically if your child or young person is under 19 years old and getting one of the following ‘qualifying benefits’:
They must be getting this on at least one day in the third full week of September.
To find out more about the Child Winter Heating Assistance: https://www.mygov.scot/child-winter-heating-assistance
Child Disability Payment replaces Child Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in Scotland and provides support for the extra costs that a disabled child might have.
You do not need to apply for Child Disability Payment if your child already gets Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children.
From mid October 2021:
To find out more about the Child Disability Payments and how to apply:
Adult Disability Payment replaces Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for adults in Scotland and is extra money to help you if you have a disability or long-term health condition that affects your everyday life.
You can apply for Adult Disability Payment if you have either a:
You can still apply if you’re waiting for a diagnosis.
You need to be between 16 and State Pension age to apply.
You do not need to apply for Adult Disability Payment if you already get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance for adults from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Social Security Scotland will move your benefit to Adult Disability Payment without you having to do anything.
To find out more about the Adult Disability Payment :
Attendance Allowance helps with extra costs if someone is over State Pension Age and has a health condition or disability severe enough that they need someone to help look after them.
Attendance Allowance is paid weekly at 2 different rates – the one you get depends on the level of help you need.
Attendance Allowance is not means-tested – what you earn or how much you have in savings will not affect what you get.
To find out more about Attendance Allowance and how to apply: https://www.gov.uk/attendance-allowance
If you’re the parent, primary carer or sibling (aged under 18) of a young inpatient under the age of 18 receiving hospital care, you can claim for the costs of travel and food.
An inpatient is a patient who lives in hospital while having treatment. You cannot claim costs for outpatient visits through the scheme.
You must normally live in Scotland. You need to make the claim from the Young Patients Family Fund within 3 months of the young inpatient being discharged from hospital.
To find out more about the Young Patient Family Fund and how to apply: https://www.mygov.scot/young-patients-family-fund
Scottish Child Payment helps towards the costs of supporting your family. It’s a weekly payment of £20 that you can get for every child you look after who’s under 6 years of age. You’ll get the payment every 4 weeks if your application is successful.
It’s up to you what you choose to spend the money on.
You may be able to get Scottish Child Payment if all of the following apply:
To find out more about the Scottish Child Payment and how to apply:
Pension Credit gives you extra money to help with your living costs if you’re over State Pension age and on a low income.
You may be eligible for Guaranteed Pension Credit if your weekly income is less than £182.60 if you are single, or £278.70 for couples.
If you qualify for Pension Credit you can also get other help, such as:
To find out if you are eligible for Pension Credit and to make an application: https://www.gov.uk/pension-credit or call or call 0800 99 1234