Young Carers Grant
The Young Carer Grant is a new yearly payment of £300 for young carers in Scotland.
The payment is available to 16, 17 and 18 year olds who spend an average of 16 hours caring for someone who receives a disability benefit.
With more responsibilities and less free time, many young carers don't get the same opportunities as their peers. This payment is for them to spend how they choose and it doesn't matter whether they are in school, further education or training, employed or unemployed.
Young carers can combine the hours they spend caring for more than one eligible person in order to reach the 16 hours a week requirement.
The person or people the young person is caring for must have received one or more of the following benefits for at least the last three 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;
- Attendance Allowance;
- Armed Forces Independence Payment;
- Constant Attendance Allowance - either: Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (at or above the normal maximum rate), or War Disablement Pension (at the basic rate).
How do you apply?
Social Security Scotland is taking applications via their freephone helpline on 0800 182 2222, by post or online.
Young Carers Package
From cinema tickets to first aid training, young carers aged between 11 and 18 will be able to try out a special range of free opportunities. All that is required is a Young Scot card. This a package of non-cash benefits is part of the Scottish Government's commitment to supporting young carers.
What is on offer?
The package includes brand new, exclusive offers including cinema tickets, discounted study guides, free first aid training and much more. The types of benefits may differ across Scotland, depending on where you live and what services are available there, however Young Scot are aiming to make a good range of helpful non-cash benefits available no matter where you live.
Which young carers can access the package?
All young carers, aged 11-18, are entitled to access the package of non-cash benefits.
I'm a young carer, how do I apply?
To access the package you will need a Young Scot National Entitlement Card. All young people in Scotland, aged 11-26, are entitled to one. Visit the Young Scot Card information page to find out how to get your card.
The Money Advice Service
Find out about financial support available to carers