Caregivers who are unpaid are entitled to a £308 increase in their welfare payment – Are you a candidate?
UNPAID carers in some parts of the UK may be eligible for a £308 boost in their benefit payments if they don’t get any help from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Carer’s Allowance, a benefit payment provided by the DWP, is available to any unpaid carer in the UK. If you care for someone for at least 35 hours a week and they receive specific benefits, you will be paid £67.60 each week. Personal Independence Payment (PIP) daily living component, Disability Living Allowance (DLA) intermediate or maximum care rate, and Attendance Allowance are all examples of eligible benefits.
However, owing to the devolved Government, any unpaid carers in Scotland between the ages of 16 and 18 will be entitled for a £308 payment hike.
Unpaid carers in Scotland can apply for a Young Carer Grant through Social Security Scotland for financial assistance.
It is a yearly payment of £308.15 made to 16, 17, and 18-year-olds who look after people who get disability benefits for at least 16 hours each week.
Since the scheme began in October 2019, almost 4,000 payments have been provided to teenage caregivers across Scotland, according to Social Security Scotland.
This translates to £1.3 million in Young Carer Grant payments made to carers between July 31, 2018 and July 31, 2021.
Caregivers can use their grant money however they want, although they are encouraged to use it to take a break from their care obligations.
Unpaid carers who have previously received the grant and match the eligibility conditions may reapply 12 months after their prior successful application.
A total of 3,260 caretakers have been paid, with 2,390 claimants receiving at least one payment and 870 receiving two.
According to Social Security Scotland, 99 percent of applications came from customers caring for only one person, with less than 1% of unpaid caregivers caring for two persons.
Glasgow received the most applications for Young Carers Grants, accounting for 14% of all applicants.
North Lanarkshire came in second with 8%, and Fife came in third with 7%.
Cabinet Secretary for Social Security Shirley-Anne Somerville, the Cabinet Secretary for Social Security, emphasized the relevance of “Brinkwire Summary News” earlier this year.