Carer's Allowance Supplement
This page explains the Carer's Allowance (CA) Supplement, which will be 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.
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 will get 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.
There is no need to apply for it, you should be paid automatically.
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.
There is one qualifying date every six months. The table below shows the qualifying dates in 2018 and 2019.
CA Supplement qualifying dates in 2018 and 2019
|Monday 16 April 2018|
|Monday 15 October 2018|
|Monday 15 April 2019|
|Monday 14 October 2019|
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. It should be paid to you at the same time as the next payments are made. This may 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 after the CA Supplement payments for people who qualify in October have been made. You are eventually 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.
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.
Carer's Allowance Supplement if you move abroad
If you move to another European country, special European rules mean that in some circumstances you can continue to get paid Carer's Allowance. If you move abroad from Scotland, you should also continue to be eligible for the Carer's Allowance Supplement, as long as you are still getting Carer's Allowance on the qualifying date.
Read more about continuing to get Carer's Allowance after moving abroad.
The Carer's Allowance (CA) Supplement is currently £221. This 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 up to two weeks before your CA Supplement payment, telling you when you will be paid. The first letters will be sent out from 10 September 2018, but you may not get a letter until a few weeks later, and your payment may not be made until early October.
If you are eligible on the second qualifying date (15 October 2018), you will be paid the CA supplement from December 2018.
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.
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. From 27 October 2018, 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 income tax.
More information about the Carer’s Allowance Supplement
The Scottish Government has produced a factsheet about Carer’s Allowance Supplement.
There is more detailed guidance for advisers on the Scottish Government 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
Tel: 0800 182 2222