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Young Carer Grant

Young Carer Grant is £308.15 per year for young carers aged 16 to 18 who live in Scotland.

It’s a cash benefit to spend as they choose and they can apply if they are at school, in further education, employed or unemployed.

Young carers may be eligible for the Young Carer Grant if they meet all of the criteria below:

  • they live in Scotland
  • they are aged 16 to 18
  • they have been providing care for an average of 16 hours a week, for the last three months. The support they provide may be physical, mental or emotional.
  • the person or people being cared for are getting a qualifying benefit
  • they are not caring for any of the people in the application as a volunteer
  • they are not being paid to provide care for any of the people in the application
  • they have not applied for, or received Carer’s Allowance from the Department for Work and Pensions, or Northern Ireland’s Carer’s Allowance.

The person or persons they are caring for must be in receipt of one of the following benefits for 13 weeks up to and including the date of the Young Carer Grant application;

  • the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) (care component)
  • the middle or highest care rate of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), including Child Disability Living Allowance
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance – if receiving this they need to be getting either: Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (at or above the normal maximum rate) or War Disablement Pension (at the basic rate).

Call Freephone on 0800 182 2222 to complete the application over the phone or to request a paper application form. Or go to mygov.scot/young-carer-grant:

Young-Carer-Grant-factsheet.pdf (socialsecurity.gov.scot)(this will open in a new window)

Closing date

No closing date

Ongoing funding

No

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