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 30 May 2019, 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 2024-25
Carer's Allowance (CA) 152 283 305 324 344 364 393
Carer's Allowance Supplement (CAS) 34 37 40 43 45 48 51
Total expenditure 186 320 345 367 389 412 444

Source: Scottish Fiscal Commission (2019) Scotland's Economic and Fiscal Forecasts - May 2019.

2018-19 is provisional outturn expenditure from Social Security Scotland and is subject to audit.

Carer's Allowance was devolved to the Scottish Parliament on 3 September 2018, the expenditure for 2018-19 is apportioned accordingly.

Our report Scotland's Economic and Fiscal Forecasts contains more information on the methodology used to forecast Carer's Allowance and Carer's Allowance Supplement.

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)