What you'll get?
The Young Carer Grant is £305.10 per year. You can get this payment once a year from 16 up until you turn 19, providing you remain caring for at least one person for an average of 16 weeks.
You must to fill in a new form or call the SSSA every year that you wish to apply. If you do not make an application you will not receive the payment.
Can I get the Young Carer Grant if I already get Carer’s Allowance?
You cannot be paid a Young Carer Grant if you're already getting Carer's Allowance. To qualify for Carer’s Allowance you must be caring for someone 35 hours or more per week. If do care for someone 35 hours or more per week you may be better of claiming Carer’s Allowance rather than applying for the Young Carer’s Grant.
Carer’s Allowance is a benefit which you claim via the DWP and is paid at a weekly payment rate of £67.25. Carer’s Allowance can sometimes affect the benefit income of the person you care for. If you are thinking of applying for carer’s allowance or the young carers grant but are unsure what option is best for you then you can contact the Financial Inclusion Team (FIT) for a benefit check.
If you are not sure if you are young carer visit the Scottish government website to find out more about being a young carer is.
How do I apply?
You can apply online by visiting the Scottish government website.
Alternatively you can apply over the phone by calling Social Security Scotland for free on 0800 182 2222.
Can I challenge the decision?
If you are unhappy with a decision made by the SSSA about a young carer grant application you can ask for the decision to be looked at again. This is called a ‘re-determination’. You should ask for this within one month of the date of the decision you are unhappy with.
This time limit can be extended up to a maximum of one year from the date of the decision if you have a good reason for missing the one month time limit.
At the moment, the one year time limit can be extended if your request is late due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Social Security Scotland has to deal with your request within 16 working days. During the coronavirus outbreak this deadline has been extended by nine weeks.
If you are still unhappy with the decision following the outcome of the 're-determination', or if Social Security Scotland has not made a decision on your request within the set timescale, you can appeal to the First-tier Tribunal.
The time limit for appealing is one month from the date of the decision but this can be extended up to one year if you have a good reason for not appealing sooner.
The appeal tribunal is independent of Social Security Scotland and will look again at your claim.
How to contact us?
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