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Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018

Carer’s Allowance: temporary provision

118.Section 81 places a statutory duty on the Scottish Ministers to pay a supplement on a twice-yearly basis to persons who receive Carer’s Allowance in Scotland. Ministers are to determine a “qualifying date” in each half of the financial year, and persons who are receiving a Carer’s Allowance on that date, and who are resident in Scotland, will receive the supplement. Ministers are given the power to modify these two criteria. The section provides for calculation of the supplement, which is designed to reflect the difference between the rate at which Carer’s Allowance is paid and the rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance, adjusted for inflation as described in subsection (5). At the time of writing the rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance is not being uprated annually for inflation by the UK Government. Subsection (5) requires the Scottish Ministers to publish an uprated figure before the start of each tax year (defined by subsection (7)). Each payment will be the equivalent of 26 times the difference between the two figures (Carer’s Allowance and uprated Jobseeker’s Allowance) on the qualifying date. The intention is to provide that carers will receive a supplement so that the amount of Carer’s Allowance that a person receives on an annual basis will effectively be the same as the person would receive had they been in receipt of uprated Jobseeker’s Allowance.

119.The supplement is being provided because the Scottish Ministers cannot immediately increase the rate at which Carer’s Allowance is paid to match the rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance. It is envisaged that the supplement will cease to be needed once regulations under section 28 have been made to provide a scheme for carer’s assistance, as that can provide for payments at the increased rate.

120.Section 82 allows the Scottish Ministers to repeal the duty to pay the supplement and revoke any regulations made under it. This is to allow the statute book to be tidied up by removing the carer’s allowance supplement provisions when the supplement is no longer needed as a result of the Scottish carer’s assistance going live.

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