Scottish Government payments made to young carers in Midlothian

Young carers in Midlothian have been supported by the Scottish Government, with £30,528 from the Young Carer’s Grant since its launch.

The payment, unique to Scotland, has paid out £1.8m in vital support for young carers across Scotland since its introduction in October 2019.

Midlothian North MSP Colin Beattie (SNP) said: “Young carers in Midlothian 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.

Midlothian North MSP Colin Beattie (SNP).

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“In Scotland we are building a social security system built on fairness, dignity and respect as the Young Carer’s Grant is just one of a number of support payments available only in Scotland.

“I would encourage anyone aged between 16 and 18 who provides care or knows anyone who does so to apply for the grant.”

The grant was recently increased from £308.15 to £326.65 from 1 April.

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.