Carer Support Payment to be piloted by end of the year

Carer Support Payment to be piloted by end of the year

Ben Macpherson MSP

Plans for the introduction of further Scottish Government benefits have been published as part of an updated Social Security Programme Business Case.

Carer Support Payment, which will replace the Carer’s Allowance for new applications, will be the next payment to be introduced, with Social Security Scotland beginning a pilot by the end of this year followed by a national launch in spring 2024.

A consultation on this new payment ran between February and May 2022 and the response to this is due to be published in the coming weeks.

Earlier this week, UK work and pensions secretary Mel Stride wrote to the Scottish Government to extend transitional arrangements for disability living allowance and some other devolved benefits.

Following recent talks, the UK Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) agreed to keep delivering disability living allowance to some people in Scotland until March 2026.

The extension also applies to attendance allowance, severe disablement allowance and payments for industrial injuries.

The Scottish Government said it is continuing to work with the DWP to develop processes that will ensure those already in receipt of Carer’s Allowance will have their award transferred automatically to Social Security Scotland – so that people will not need to reapply.

Carer Support Payment will be the 14th benefit to be introduced since the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 was unanimously approved by the Scottish Parliament.

Ben Macpherson, minister for social security, said: “Introducing 14 new payments in just over five years is no mean feat. We have built this social security system from scratch, working with the people who will use it to make sure that we provide an improved experience and one that treats people with dignity, fairness and respect.

“Our delivery progressed despite a global pandemic. This was recognised by Audit Scotland who commended us for continuing to ‘successfully deliver new and complex social security benefits in challenging circumstances’.

“We are already providing money that is making a real difference for families on low incomes, people who need help paying for a funeral, disabled people, carers, young people entering the workplace and to help people heat their homes. The people accessing this service are happy with it too – with 89% telling us their experience has been ‘good’ or ‘very good’.

“Our success to date has not made us complacent. Establishing new payments and transferring awards in a safe and secure way continues to be our priority. We have gained a significant amount of experience and knowledge through our delivery to date. This is all reflected in the timetable we have announced. I look forward to these payments being up and running and seeing the reach of our new social security system going even further – investing £7.3 billion by 2027-28 supporting 2 million people each year.”

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