Carer’s Allowance (CA) and Carer's Allowance Supplement (CAS)

Carer's Allowance (CA) is paid to help individuals who care for someone who is disabled and has substantial caring needs. CA was devolved from September 2018 and the Scottish Government introduced a Carer's Allowance Supplement (CAS) to increase CA to match the rate for Jobseekers' Allowance, with an intention to uprate the value each year. The first payments of CAS were made in September 2018.

Latest forecasts

On 12 December 2018, we produced updated forecasts for Carer's Allowance and Carer's Allowance Supplement.

Carer's Allowance Forecasts - December 2018

£ million 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24
Carer's Allowance (CA) 157 283 305 324 344 364
Carer's Allowance Supplement (CAS) 35 37 40 43 45 48
Total expenditure 191 320 345 367 389 412

Source: Scottish Fiscal Commission (2018) Scotland's Economic and Fiscal Forecasts December 2018

Supporting information

Scottish Fiscal Commission (2018) - Scotland's Economic and Fiscal Forecasts December 2018

Scottish Fiscal Commission (2018) Scotland's Economic and Fiscal Forecasts May 2018

Scottish Government's page on CA

Carer's Allowance Supplement application page

Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018

DWP’s Benefit Caseload, Expenditure and Forecast Tables

DWP's Benefit Statistics (StatXplore)