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UK households receive two payments of £288, the first arriving next month

Unpaid carers will receive a £200 pay rise next month amid the cost of living crisis. In Scotland, Carer’s Allowance claimants from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) receive Carer Support Payment, which is managed and paid by Social Security Scotland.

Carers in Scotland also receive two other payments called ‘Carer’s Allowance Supplements’. These are two payments worth £288.60 and are due in June and December this year – with the first few weeks away.




The Scottish Government explains: “Carer’s Allowance Supplement is an extra payment for people in Scotland who receive Carer Support Payment or Carer’s Allowance on a certain date. Carer’s Allowance Supplement is paid twice a year”.

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The next payment will be £288.60. You will receive this payment if you receive Carer Support Payment or Carer’s Allowance on 8 April 2024. If you are due to receive a payment, you will receive a letter from Social Security Scotland before the payment is made.

To get Carer’s Allowance Supplement you must be living in Scotland at a certain date or have a real and sufficient connection with Scotland and receive Carer Support Payment or Carer’s Allowance payments at a certain date.

The person you care for must not live in Scotland. If you receive a Carer’s Support Payment or Carer’s Allowance on 8 April 2024, you will receive an additional Carer’s Allowance payment in June 2024. If you receive a Carer’s Support Payment or Carer’s Allowance on 7 October 2024, you will receive an Additional Carer’s Allowance Payment in December 2024.

If you did not receive a Carer’s Allowance top-up payment in December 2023, you will receive this payment in June 2024 if you either received Carer’s Allowance on 9 October 2023 or your Carer’s Allowance award or Carer Support Payment was backdated to October 9, 2023.

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