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 launch a replacement Scottish Carer’s Allowance in 2022.

Latest forecast

Forecast spending for Carer’s Allowance – February 2020

£ Million 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25
Carer’s Allowance (CA) 152 276 292 311 336 355 375
Carer’s Allowance Supplement (CAS) 35 37 39 41 45 47 50
Total Expenditure 187 313 330 352 381 403 444

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

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