- 16 March 2021
Over the past year with the coronavirus crisis, the pressure on young carers has been even greater than normal . As today is Young Carers Day and I’d like to take the opportunity to praise Scotland’s young carers and encourage them to take advantage of the Young Carer Package and Young Carers Grant – the first of its kind in the UK.
As convener of Scotland’s Social Security Committee I was pleased to help deliver the Young Carer Grant – worth £305 a year – which helps eligible young carers aged 16, 17 or 18 access life opportunities that are the norm for many other young people. Between its launch in October 2019 and 31st October 2020 Social Security Scotland approved 2,045 applications - with over £600,000 being invested into supporting the young carers of Scotland.
The SNP Scottish Government has provided £300,000 in extra funding for the Young Scot Young Carer Package this year to support young carers’ wellbeing and enable them to take some form of a break.
Carers of all ages help to make up the backbone of our society and it is vital they receive the support they need and deserve, which is why – whilst Westminster has dragged its feet on support for carers - the SNP Scottish Government has made supporting carers a priority and invested around £122 million in programmes to support carers more widely.
The support the SNP Scottish Government has brought forward for carers in Scotland – including the Young Carers Grant and introducing the Carers Allowance Supplement for those in receipt of Carers Allowance - shows the SNP’s ambition and what we can do when we have the powers.
Find out more
To find out more and apply visit mygov.scot/benefits or call 0800 182 2222
Details of wider support for young carers is available here https://www.mygov.scot/young-carer-support/
Young carers can combine the hours they spend caring for up to three eligible people in order to reach the 16 hours a week requirement. The person or people the young person is caring for must have received one or more of the following benefits for at least the last three months:
- the daily living component of PIP
- the middle or highest care rate of DLA including Child Disability Living Allowance
- Attendance Allowance
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Constant Attendance Allowance - either: Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (at or above the normal maximum rate), or War Disablement Pension (at the basic rate)