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Carer's Allowance: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 54856, tabled on 4 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if the Government will be making an additional payment to those in receipt of carer's allowance of £460 to mirror the Scottish Government's Coronavirus Carer’s Allowance Supplement payment.

Answered on

9 June 2020

The Scottish Government uses its powers under devolution to pay carers, regardless of their means, extra amounts through the Carer’s Allowance Supplement.

The UK Government has taken a different approach and chosen to focus extra support on carers on the lowest incomes. For example, carers on Universal Credit can receive around an additional £1950 a year through the Carers Element. And they will also benefit from the extra £1040 a year that has been added to the standard allowance in Universal Credit.

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