Citizens Advice Scotland has welcomed the launch of the Young Carer Grant, which becomes available from today, but has stressed it should be the first step in a process of greater support for carers.
CAS Social Justice spokesperson Mhoraig Green says,
“We welcome the launch of the new Young Carer Grant which will provide much-needed support to young people in Scotland who care for a loved one. This new package of a grant and other entitlements will help young carers with some of the costs associated with their caring responsibilities and could help them to improve their own quality of life. It goes some way towards recognising the invaluable role that young carers play in our society.
“CAS would encourage the Scottish Government to use this as a first step towards a wider transformation of social security for carers, such as removing restrictions on young people in full-time education receiving Carers Allowance. Young people should never have to choose between pursuing an education or continuing to provide care for a loved one.
“It is essential that the young people who are entitled to this benefit claim it. If you are aged between 16 and 18 and provide care and support to someone, visit your local CAB for free, confidential, impartial advice about accessing this benefit and other entitlements.”