Consultation on Young Carer Grant Regulations

Closed 10 Dec 2018

Opened 17 Sep 2018

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The Scottish Government is consulting on the development of the policy and regulations for the Young Carer Grant, a new benefit which will be delivered by Social Security Scotland. The grant will provide a £300 one-off payment, which can be applied for annually for young carers aged 16-17 (and 18 if still at school) with significant caring responsibilities. The Young Carer Grant aims to provide some  financial support during a key transition period in young carers’ lives to help improve their health and education outcomes as they move into the adult world.

Why your views matter

The purpose of this consultation is to gather views on the policy and draft  regulations and identify any gaps, issues or unintended consequences. We are also asking questions on some specific points about the effects of these regulations. We would like to gather views from a range of organisations and individuals to ensure we have identified the best solution. In addition to asking questions about the draft regulations and policy we are also asking for views on the potential impacts of Young Carer Grant on different groups and also on businesses.

The Scottish Government is now seeking views of any organisation or individual with an interest in these matters to ensure what is being proposed will meet the needs of  clients in the Scottish social security system.


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What happens next

The Scottish Government will review the responses to the consultation and if required adjust the draft regulations in light of public consultation.

The draft regulations will then follow a form of ‘super-affirmative’ procedure, as explained in the Social Security (Scotland) Act.[1] They will be scrutinised by the independent Scottish Commission on Social Security, revised as needed following the Commission’s report and then laid in draft for approval by the Scottish Parliament.


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