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Carer's Allowance Supplement

This advice applies to Scotland

This page explains the Carer's Allowance (CA) Supplement, which is paid by Social Security Scotland (part of the Scottish government). It has information on who qualifies, how much it is, when it is paid and how it affects your other benefits.

Coronavirus - extra payment of Carer's Allowance Supplement

The Scottish government gave carers an extra payment of Carer’s Allowance Supplement in June 2020. This was £230.10 and was in recognition of the difficulties carers might have because of coronavirus.

You didn't need to do anything to get the extra payment. As long as you were getting Carer’s Allowance on the qualifying date of 13 April 2020, you should have been paid the extra payment of the supplement along with the June payment. So you should have got £460.20 in total.

If you weren’t getting Carer’s Allowance on 13 April 2020 but you were awarded a backdated payment of Carer’s Allowance for a period that included 13 April, then you should have got the extra payment of Carer’s Allowance Supplement. This should have been paid with either the June or the December payment. 

What is the Carer's Allowance Supplement

The Carer's Allowance (CA) Supplement is a twice-yearly payment made by Social Security Scotland. It is made to people who are living in Scotland and getting a payment of Carer's Allowance on a set date.

It is a temporary payment, until Carer's Allowance is replaced by a new Scottish benefit. It has been introduced to quickly increase the amount of Carer's Allowance paid to carers in Scotland.

Who gets the Carer's Allowance Supplement

You will get the Carer's Allowance (CA) Supplement if, on the 'qualifying date', you're:

  • resident in Scotland, and
  • getting a payment of Carer's Allowance from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

There's no need to apply for CA Supplement - you should be paid automatically.

In some cases, you can apply for the CA Supplement if you're resident in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.

You don't have to get Carer's Allowance for the whole six months, just on the qualifying date.

You're not eligible if you were entitled to Carer's Allowance on the qualifying date, but not actually getting any payments as you got another benefit instead. This is sometimes called having an 'underlying entitlement' to Carer's Allowance.

The qualifying date

There is one qualifying date every six months. The table below shows the qualifying dates in 2021.

CA Supplement qualifying dates in 2021

Monday 12 April 2021
Monday 11 October 2021

If you weren't getting Carer's Allowance on the qualifying date

If you weren't getting Carer's Allowance on the qualifying date, but are later given a backdated payment covering that date, you are then eligible for the CA Supplement.

If your backdated award was made more than 5 weeks after the latest qualifying date, you're likely to get your first payment at the same time as the next payments are made. This could be up to six months later.

For example, you claim Carer's Allowance on 15 December, and ask for your claim to be backdated to 1 October, as this is when you started caring. Your claim is not decided by the Department for Work and Pensions until more than 6 weeks after the October qualifying date. You are awarded Carer's Allowance from 1 October, and you receive a backdated payment. You can now get the October payment of the CA Supplement. It is paid to you at the same time as your CA Supplement payment for the following April.

If you were getting Carer's Allowance on the qualifying date but find out later that you shouldn't have been

If you were getting Carer's Allowance on the qualifying date, then you'll be paid the CA Supplement. If you find out later that you shouldn't have got Carer's Allowance on that date, then you shouldn't have got the CA Supplement either. This might happen if you earnt more money than usual and weren't eligible for Carer's Allowance at that time.

Social Security Scotland has said that it won't usually ask people who have been overpaid to repay the CA Supplement. It might do in some cases though, for example, if Social Security Scotland made a mistake and paid you a lot more money than it should have done.

What does resident in Scotland mean

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will tell Social Security Scotland who its records show is resident in Scotland and gets Carer's Allowance on each qualifying date. If you're not on the DWP list, you won't get the CA Supplement automatically.

It doesn't matter where the person you care for lives, eligibility is based on where you live.  

If you expect to receive the CA Supplement but don't, contact Social Security Scotland. If you're told that you are not resident in Scotland and you don't agree with this, get advice.

If you live in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland

If you live in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you can still get the CA Supplement in some cases, as long as you're getting Carer's Allowance on the qualifying date.

The UK must be responsible for paying your benefits, and you must have a 'genuine and sufficient' link to Scotland.

This means that if you live outside Scotland but would otherwise be entitled to the CA Supplement, then you can get it as long as you meet all the other conditions.

You have to apply for CA Supplement - it won't be paid automatically. You can apply for Carer's Allowance Supplement from outside Scotland on mygov.scot.

How much is the Carer's Allowance Supplement

The Carer's Allowance (CA) Supplement for 2021 is £231.40. It was £230.10 in 2020 but has been increased for 2021.

The payment is a lump sum which covers a six month period, either April to September or October to March. 

It does not matter how much Carer's Allowance you get, the amount of CA Supplement is the same.

How the Carer's Allowance Supplement is paid

You should receive a letter before your CA Supplement payment telling you when you will be paid. 

If you are eligible on the first qualifying date in April, you'll be paid the CA supplement in June. 

If you are eligible on the second qualifying date in October, you'll be paid the CA supplement in December.

The payment will be made in the same way as your Carer's Allowance is paid. If your payment does not arrive, contact Social Security Scotland using the details in the letter.

If you are not paid the Carer's Allowance Supplement

If you get a letter saying that you will get the Carer's Allowance (CA) Supplement, but the payment is not made, contact Social Security Scotland using the contact details on the letter.

Keep a record of when you contact them, for example details of when you phoned and who you spoke to, or a copy of the letter you sent. It is normally better to contact them in writing, so the record of what you said is clear.

If you think you should get the CA Supplement but do not get a letter, contact Social Security Scotland. If you are not happy with their response you can't appeal unless you applied from outside Scotland. You can contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

How the Carer's Allowance Supplement affects other benefits

The Carer's Allowance Supplement is normally ignored when working out the amount of any other benefits or tax credits that you get. It is also ignored when working out the amount of your Council Tax Reduction.

Some benefits are affected by the amount of your savings. If you already have some savings, getting a backdated payment of the CA Supplement may affect the amount of these benefits. In you are unsure if your other benefits are affected, get advice.

How the Carer's Allowance Supplement affects income tax

Carer's Allowance Supplement, like Carer's Allowance, is a taxable benefit. This means that you may have to pay more income tax because you get the Supplement.

Read more about getting tax advice.

More information about the Carer’s Allowance Supplement

There is information about Carer's Allowance Supplement on the mygov.scot website.

Social Security Scotland should be able to answer questions about eligibility for the Carer's Allowance Supplement. 

Social Security Scotland
Carer's Allowance Supplement
PO Box 10302
Dundee
DD1 9FX

Tel: 0800 182 2222

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