Since its launch in October 2019, the Young Carer’s Grant, which is unique to Scotland, has paid out £1.8m in vital support for young carers across Scotland since its introduction. £6,700 has been paid out to support young carers in the Western Isles by the Scottish Government since the grant’s launch.
The grant was increased from £308.15 to £326.65 from 1 April this year.
The payment is available for 16-18-year-olds who spend an average of 16 hours caring for a person or people in receipt of a disability benefit. As long as someone remains eligible, they can apply on an annual basis.
Commenting, SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alasdair Allan, said:
“Young carers in the Western Isles show incredible dedication to those who they care for whether that be a family member, friend or someone in the community, and it is right that they are supported to provide that help.
“It is encouraging that applications for the Young Carer’s Grant have increased since its introduction.
“In Scotland we are building a social security system built on fairness, dignity and respect, and the Young Carer’s Grant is just one of a number of support payments available only in Scotland.
“The SNP Scottish Government is supporting people as far as possible with its limited powers, but it continues to do so with one hand tied behind its back. It is only with the full powers of independence can we fully build a system that works for all.
“I would encourage anyone aged between 16 and 18 who provides care, or knows anyone who does so, to apply for the grant.”
More information and details on how to apply can be found here: https://www.mygov.scot/young-carer-grant/how-to-apply