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Published on 17 December 2020

Unpaid carers in Scotland: next payment of carer’s allowance supplement


The Scottish Government has confirmed that Social Security Scotland will make the next payment of carer’s allowance supplement on 18 December 2020. Eligible unpaid carers will receive £230.10, which is the payment rate during 2020/21.

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What is carer’s allowance supplement and who gets it 

Eligible unpaid carers receive carer’s allowance supplement if they are living in Scotland and in receipt of UK carer’s allowance on the relevant date. Social Security Scotland pay carer’s allowance supplement on a six-monthly basis.  

The next payment of carer’s allowance supplement, of £230.10, is due to be paid on 18 December 2020, and is payable to unpaid carers who met the eligibility criteria on 12 October 2020. 

Do I need to make a claim? 

Unpaid carers do not need to take any action. Social Security Scotland receive data from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and will write to eligible carers in advance. 

How are the payments treated for tax and tax credits purposes? 

Like carer’s allowance, carer’s allowance supplement payments are taxable, although they will not count as income for tax credits or other benefits. 

Where can I find more information?  

There is information about carer’s allowance supplement in the Disabled people and carers section of our website. 

Social Security Scotland pay carer’s allowance supplement. You can contact Social Security Scotland if you have any questions. 


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