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Who should apply

You can get Young Carer Grant if all of these apply:

  • you live in Scotland
  • you're 16, 17 or 18 years old
  • you've been caring for one or more people for around 16 hours a week, for the last 3 months
  • the person or people you care for are getting certain benefits
  • you're not being paid to care for someone you will use in your application as part of your job
  • you're not helping care for the people you apply for as a volunteer, for example as part of a care group or charity
  • you're not already getting Carer Support Payment, Carer's Allowance from the Department for Work and Pensions or Northern Ireland's Carer's Allowance

If you could not apply before your 19th birthday due to the disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), you can still apply. Your application will be viewed as being made on time.

The person you care for and their benefits

The person or people you care for must have been getting one or more of these benefits for at least the last 3 months:

  • the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • the middle or highest care rate of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), including Child Disability Living Allowance
  • the middle or highest care rate of Child Disability Payment
  • the daily living component of Adult Disability Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Constant Attendance Allowance

If a person you care for gets Constant Attendance Allowance, they need to be getting either:

  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (at or above the normal maximum rate), or
  • War Disablement Pension (at the basic rate)

Reapply for Young Carer Grant outside of Scotland

If you were paid Young Carer Grant last year and you now live in the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you may be able to get it again.

You may need to apply in a different way from last year.

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