75,000 car­ers to ben­e­fit from boost to al­lowance

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

Car­ers will re­ceive the first pay­ments of the new Carer’s Al­lowance Sup­ple­ment from mid-Septem­ber – and it will be back-dated to April.

This new ben­e­fit will be paid twice a year by So­cial Se­cu­rity Scot­land, the first ma­jor new pub­lic ser­vice to be cre­ated since de­vo­lu­tion.

El­i­gi­ble car­ers will get a sup­ple­men­tary pay­ment of £221, equiv­a­lent of an ex­tra £8.50 per week, an in­crease of 13 per cent on Carer’s Al­lowance from the De­part­ment of Work and Pen­sions.

Shirley-Anne Somerville, Cabi­net Sec­re­tary for So­cial Se­cu­rity, said: “Mak­ing th­ese pay­ments will rep­re­sent a his­toric mo­ment, launch­ing a new pub­lic ser­vice that will de­liver a so­cial se­cu­rity sys­tem that treats peo­ple with dig­nity, fair­ness and re­spect. We recog­nise the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion car­ers make – and we be­lieve the cur­rent total paid out to them is not enough.

“This sup­ple­men­tary pay­ment al­lows us to get more money in the pock­ets of car­ers in Scot­land as quickly as pos­si­ble.

“We have al­ways made it clear we be­lieve that Carer’s Al­lowance should be the same rate as Job­seeker’s Al­lowance.

“Hav­ing new pow­ers over so­cial se­cu­rity means we can make this a re­al­ity and this ad­di­tional pay­ment is in recog­ni­tion of the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion car­ers make to so­ci­ety.”

The Carer’s Al­lowance Sup­ple­ment is worth more than £30 mil­lion a year and will ben­e­fit more than 75,000 car­ers.

Car­ers will re­ceive let­ters from So­cial Se­cu­rity Scot­land from this week, so that they know in ad­vance to ex­pect a pay­ment.

Every lit­tle helps You could be en­ti­tled to a pay­ment boost if you care for some­one

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