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Extra Support for Young Carers

Monday 24th June 2019

'Young carers in Scotland aged 16 to 18 could benefit from a new £300 social security payment.

'The Young Carer Grant is the first of its kind in the UK. It will be available to 16, 17 and 18 year olds who help care for someone in receipt of a certain type of disability benefit.

'The payment will be introduced this autumn after regulations were laid in the Scottish Parliament.

'The government announced eligibility is being widened, based on feedback from young carers, to include all 18-year-olds, not just those in education.

'In a further another extension of the policy, young carers will now also be able to combine the hours they spend caring for more than one eligible person in order to reach the 16 hours a week requirement.

'Young carers will also be able to take respite weeks without this impacting upon their application...'

Source: The Scottish Government website, 21-6-2019.

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