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How to apply

Before applying for Young Carer Grant, you should have:

  • your National Insurance number, if you know it
  • your bank details
  • details of the person you care for, including their National Insurance number, if you know it

Most people over 16 will have a National Insurance number. We ask for this as it helps us confirm who you are. We can still process your application without this, but it might take slightly longer.

If you do not have a bank account but would like to set one up, visit Citizens Advice Scotland for more information.

If you do not have a bank account, do not wish to set one up and cannot use someone else's, you should apply by phone so we can help you set up an alternative payment method.

We'll send the person or people you care for a letter to let them know you've applied for Young Carer Grant. This is because we need to tell them that we'll check what benefits they get. We might also need to ask them to confirm that you care for them.

We need to do this to confirm you're able to get Young Carer Grant. This will not affect any of the benefits the person or people you care for are getting.

By filling in and sending your Young Carer Grant form to us, you're giving us consent to contact the person or people's details you put in this form.

Sending us copies of certificates or documents

You'll need to send us some copies of documents to confirm where you live. After you've applied, we'll send you a letter to let you know what you need to send us. If you'd prefer to just send these documents now rather than waiting for this letter, you can find out what documents we need and how to send them.


If a representative has the power to make decisions for you, they should apply.

Representatives can only apply by phone or post.

There are different types of representatives who can make decisions for you:>

  • Appointees
  • Guardians
  • people or organisations with a Power of Attorney
  • people or organisations with an Intervention Order

Apply online

Apply for Young Carer Grant.


Apply over the phone

Call Social Security Scotland free on 0800 182 2222 to apply over the phone.

The call centre opening times are Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.

If you're a British Sign Language user, you can use the Contact Scotland service to contact Social Security Scotland by video relay.

Apply by post

You can apply by filling in a paper form.

If you want to set up a bank account

If you do not have a bank account and would like help to set one up, your local Citizens Advice Bureau can give you advice and support. You can also find out more about setting up a bank account on the Citizens Advice Scotland website.

If you need any extra help

If you need help to apply for Young Carer Grant, call us free on 0800 182 2222.

Our call centre opening times are Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.

Your local Citizens Advice Bureau can also help with questions about benefits.

You and your data

If you want to know more about how Social Security Scotland uses your data, you can read the privacy notice about the Young Carer Grant.

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