Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has responded to the Scottish Government's publication of the first statistics related to the recently-introduced Young Carer Grant.
CAS social security spokesperson, Rob Gowans, said: ‘Today’s figures are an encouraging sign that young carers who have previously received no or limited social security support are receiving a Young Carer Grant.
“This payment helps young carers with some of the costs associated with their caring responsibilities and could help them to improve their own quality of life. It also goes some way towards recognising the invaluable role that young carers play in our society.
“However, it is essential that all young people who are entitled to this benefit claim it.
“The Citizens Advice network in Scotland helps hundreds of thousands of people each year. If you are aged between 16 and 18 and provide care and support for someone for an average of at least 16 hours a week, visit your local Citizens Advice Bureau for free, confidential and impartial advice about accessing this benefit and other entitlements.”
The statistics published by the Scottish Government on the first applications and payments for Young Carer Grant can be found here.
Young Carer Grant is a yearly payment for carers aged 16 to 18 who care for someone receiving a qualifying disability benefit. The payment is a flat rate of £300 which can be applied for once a year. The payment is intended to help young carers access life opportunities that are the norm for many other young people and they can spend the money as they choose.