DWP Carer's Allowance claimants can apply for new benefit worth £327 a month

A new benefit worth £327 is open for applications in Scotland, with people urged to take advantage of the new Carer Support Payment, which has replaced Carer's Allowance. The Carer Support Payment has already replaced new claims for Carer's Allowance in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross, the Western Isles, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire and Angus.

From August 19, residents in Fife, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, and North, East and South Ayrshire will also be able to apply. If you live anywhere else, you can apply for Carer Support Payment when applications open in your area. Or you can apply now for Carer's Allowance from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Carer Support Payment will be available in more areas from August 2024 and across Scotland from November 2024. If you get Carer's Allowance and live in Scotland, you do not need to apply for Carer Support Payment. Your benefit will move to Carer Support Payment. This is happening between February 2024 and spring 2025.

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Carer Support Payment is normally paid every 4 weeks, at the end of the 4 weeks. If you move from Carer's Allowance to Carer Support Payment, you can get paid weekly. It can be paid into a UK bank account. This can be your own account or someone else’s. If you do not have a UK bank account, Social Security Scotland will contact you about payment options after you apply.

To check you are eligible, you'll be asked your age as well as where you live and also what benefits the person you care for gets and how many hours of care you provide. And you will also be asked if anyone else provides care for the same person as well as if you earn any money.

To get Carer Support Payment, you must provide care for someone as an unpaid carer for 35 hours or more a week.