Thousands of Carer's Allowance claimants wake up to 'one off' £288 payment

Thousands of benefit claimants have woken up to a one off £288 payment. The one off payment will be given to people living in Scotland and claiming Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Carer's Allowance, it has been confirmed ahead of the sums landing in accounts.

According to data from Social Security Scotland, around 84,000 people are claiming the carers benefit in the country and will receive the one off payment of £288.60. The Carer's Support Payment is managed and paid by Social Security Scotland.

In a recent post to X, Social Security Scotland said the supplement would be paid around June 7. If you are eligible for the payment, you will receive a letter before the payment is made. if you have not received on by June 17, then you should contact Social Security Scotland on 0800 182 2222.

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To get Carer Support Payment, you must provide care for someone as an unpaid carer for 35 hours or more a week. You do not provide care as a professional care worker or through a volunteering scheme or charity. Even if you do not think of yourself as an unpaid carer, you might be eligible for Carer Support Payment. Examples of caring for someone include supporting them with their mental health, during an illness, with a disability or if they have an addiction.

The new regulations also now include special backdating rules. This means that carers who are not getting Carer’s Allowance but are eligible for Carer Support Payment can have their payments backdated to the date Carer Support Payment first became available.

This stops carers missing out on money they are entitled to because they live in an area included in the later phases of the rollout, according to Social Security Scotland, which has a helpful and handy guide for claimants online on its website.