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.