Carer’s Allowance

Carer’s Allowance (CA) is paid to help individuals who care for someone who is disabled and has substantial caring needs. It has been devolved since September 2018 and the Scottish Government has also introduced a Carer’s Allowance Supplement (CAS) so that total support for carers matches the level of Jobseeker’s Allowance.

The first payments of the supplement were made in September 2018. The Scottish Government plans to replace Carer’s Allowance and Carer’s Allowance Supplement with a new Scottish Carer’s Assistance.

Social Security Scotland also provide an annual Young Carer Grant for carers under nineteen. We do not produce a forecast for this as spending is below our materiality threshold.


Latest forecast

Forecast spending for Carer’s Allowance and carer’s Allowance Supplement

£ Million 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26 2026-27
Carer’s Allowance (CA) 296 301 322 359 387 411 436
Carer’s Allowance Supplement (CAS) 59 61 43 47 51 55 58
Total Expenditure 355 362 365 406 438 466 493

Carer’s Allowance Supplement spending in 2020-21 and 2021-22 includes the additional Coronavirus Carer’s Allowance Supplement paid in June 2020 and the double payment announced for December 2021.

Find out more in our Analytical Papers series, including our Occasional Papers and Forecast Evaluation Reports.

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