Fresh details about new benefit replacing Carer’s Allowance

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Carer’s Allowance is being replaced by Scottish Carer’s Assistance and new details have been published by the Scottish Government about how people will be transferred over. Under the new devolved benefit, claimants will continue to receive the standard payment, which is currently £69.70 a week, and two additional payments of £245.70 each year.

The two extra payments were introduced last year effectively increasing the support by 13 percent.

The guidance states the transfer will be a “safe and secure process, which will require no action on behalf of the individual wherever possible”.

The rollout has been designed so no one will be required to reapply for the benefit and people will get clear communications about how they will be moved across.

People will continue to get their payment at the right time and the case transfer process will take place as soon as possible while ensuring it is safe and secure.

The regulations state: “When an individual’s carer benefit has been selected for transfer, Scottish ministers will receive data and information relevant to the individual’s most recent Carer’s Allowance award from DWP.

“Once Scottish ministers have received this information, the regulations make provision for the Scottish ministers to notify the individual of the intention to transfer them to Carer Support Payment. This notice will set out the process for that transfer.”

The full national rollout of the new benefit is to take place from Spring 2024. Minister for Social Security and Local Government, Ben Macpherson, recently said: “The level of support we provided in 2022 totalled £3.48billion, through payments made by Social Security Scotland and under agency agreements with the Department for Work and Pensions.

“Looking forward, we will continue our work to devolve social security benefits. We will continue our dynamic and proactive approach to delivering devolved Scottish social security.”

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Carer’s Allowance provides support for an individual who cares for another person for at least 35 hours a week.

To be eligible, the person who receives the care must be on one of these benefits:

  • Personal Independence Payment – daily living component
  • Disability Living Allowance – the middle or highest care rate
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the normal maximum rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Constant Attendance Allowance at the basic (full day) rate with a War Disablement Pension
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Child Disability Payment – the middle or highest care rate
  • Adult Disability Payment – daily living component at the standard or enhanced rate.

The care provided can include helping with tasks such as washing or cooking, or taking the person to an appointment.

The carer may also help with household tasks such as managing bills and getting the person’s shopping.

Applicants must be aged 16 or over and have lived in England, Scotland or Wales for at least two of the last three years.

They must also normally live in England, Scotland or Wales, although a person may still be eligible if they are in an EEA country or Switzerland.

A person cannot claim the support if they are in full time education or studying for 21 hours a week or more.

The claimant’s earnings also have to be no more than £132 a week after tax, National Insurance and expenses.

Carer’s Allowance is increasing by 10.1 percent next month, with payments to increase from £69.70 a week to £76.75 a week.

Many other benefits are also increasing by 10.1 percent in the new tax year, including Universal Credit, PIP and Pension Credit.

The state pension will increase by 10.1 percent for both the new and basic state pension.

The full basic state pension is going up from £141.85 a week to £156.20 a week while the new state pension is increasing from £185.15 a week to £203.85 a week.

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