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Carer's Allowance Supplement
Last updated: 16 September 2020

Coronavirus Carer's Allowance Supplement

The Scottish Government is making an extra Carer's Allowance Supplement payment of £230.10. This is on top of the usual June payment. This is a one-off payment to provide some more support for carers during coronavirus.

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.

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.

When you can expect to be paid

Eligible carers will get the payment with their Carer's Allowance Supplement from 26 June. If you're due to receive a payment Social Security Scotland will send you a letter. The letter has more information about the payment and when to expect it.

Backdated claims

If a Carer's Allowance claim is backdated to include 13 April 2020 you'll receive the extra payment. If you do not receive a letter from Social Security Scotland in June, you should receive the extra payment along with the June Carer's Allowance Supplement payment in December 2020.