The Scottish Government are making changes to Carers’ Allowance. From Spring 2024, this will have a new name ‘Carer Support Payment.’ A big change is that most carers in full time education will now be able to receive this payment, which is great!
However, the Scottish Government wants to ensure it is not seen to incentivise young people taking on significant caring roles and so young carers, aged 16 -19, who are in full time, non-advanced education will not be eligible for the new Carers Support Payment. Non advanced education means still full time at school or studying at college no higher than a NVQ Level 3.
As part of the scrutiny of the regulations, Scottish Commission on Social Security (SCoSS) are undertaking further consultation. They are particularly interested to hear from young carers aged 16-19 in non-advanced education, who will not be entitled to Carer Support Payment.
The question they have posed is below:
“Young people have a right to education and the Scottish Government wants to ensure it is not seen to incentivise young people taking on significant caring roles. Eligibility will, therefore, not be extended to 16 to 19 year olds in full-time, non-advanced education. Do you have views or experiences to share on the advantages or disadvantages for young carers of not extending entitlement while they are studying non-advanced courses?”
Young carers, aged 16 – 19, in non-advanced education can share their thoughts in this quick survey:
Carers Trust Scotland will pull this feedback together to inform our consultation response. I will keep you updated on this.
Please also find attached a briefing from the National Carer Organisations on Carer Support Payment in Scotland for further info.