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Ministers seeking views on young carer’s allowance move

Public health minister Aileen Campbell.
Public health minister Aileen Campbell.

Carer groups are being asked their views on the introduction of a young carer’s allowance when new welfare powers are devolved to Holyrood.

The Scottish Government has said it will consider the move to give more financial support to young people who care for others.

The current carer’s allowance is due to increase by about 18%, bringing it in line with jobseeker’s allowance, under plans for the new powers.

Only 250 people in Scotland under the age of 18 receive the benefit under UK Government guidelines.

Carer advisory groups are being consulted on whether a young carer’s allowance could help people who would have previously lost out on financial support and whether their are any gaps in non-financial support.

Public health minister Aileen Campbell said: “Across Scotland there are 44,000 young carers who currently balance their education with their caring responsibilities. We want all young people to have the same chances and opportunities to fulfil their potential.

“That is why, over the coming months, we will be working with carers to find out if there is merit in a young carer’s allowance and will be looking for their help and views on shaping the carer’s allowance.

“It is only by meeting and hearing from carers first-hand that we can really get an appreciation of the specific challenges they face and how their lives could be improved.”

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