Guide

Carer's Allowance Supplement
Last updated: 7 January 2021

Coronavirus Carer's Allowance Supplement

The Scottish Government made an extra Carer's Allowance Supplement payment of £230.10 in June 2020. This was a one-off payment to provide some more support for carers during coronavirus.

Most eligible carers received the payment in June 2020. But carers whose Carer's Allowance awards are backdated may get this in December 2020.

How to get the extra payment

You do not need to apply for this extra payment. To be able to get it you must have been:

  • getting Carer's Allowance on 13 April 2020
  • living in Scotland on 13 April 2020

If you're eligible for this payment, Social Security Scotland will automatically pay it into the same account that you get your Carer's Allowance. Most eligible carers will have got the payment in June 2020.

How much you can get

If you are receiving a payment for the 13 April 2020 eligibility date, you will get a total payment of £460.20.

This is made up of:

  • Coronavirus Carer's Allowance Supplement of £230.10
  • Standard Carer's Allowance Supplement for April eligibility date of £230.10

If you're due to receive a payment Social Security Scotland will send you a letter telling you the amount. If you're also due to receive backdated supplement payments you may receive a different amount.

This payment is taxable, but it will not affect any other benefits or tax credits you already get. This is the same as your usual Carer's Allowance Supplement. Find out about Income Tax rates and Personal Allowances.

You do not need to do anything. You do not need to contact Social Security Scotland about this payment. You'll receive a letter confirming details about this payment.

Backdated claims

If your Carer's Allowance award has been backdated to include 13 April 2020 you'll receive the extra payment.

If you did not receive the payment in June, you should receive the extra payment along with the June Carer's Allowance Supplement payment in December 2020.