Thank you for your feedback. The Dialogue regarding the draft legislation going through the UK Parliament which will give the Scottish Parliament powers over benefits for Carers closed on 2 October 2015.

The Scottish Government is committed to building a fairer Scotland and tackling inequalities. Listening to the views and experiece of people who have an interest in Carers Allowance and are affected by the powers is a vital part of this process.

Responses are currently being considered and, alongside other consultative work, will enable the Scottish Government to produce a paper setting out the vision for social security in Scotand which will be published in December.

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Benefits for carers

The Scottish Government is committed to building a fairer Scotland and tackling inequalities. This will mean tackling deep seated issues, not looking for quick fixes or temporary measures. Achieving genuine change will take time.  It will also require collective effort and a shared vision of what a fair and equal Scotland should look like in the years to come. 
 
A key part of moving toward a fairer Scotland will be how we implement the new powers that will be devolved to Scotland following the Smith Commission recommendations. These were published following the Scottish independence referendum. 
 
One of the areas where new powers are proposed for the Scottish Parliament is social security benefits for carers of disabled people.  The UK Government delivers this through Carers Allowance.  
 
The draft legislation going through the UK Parliament will give the Scottish Parliament powers over benefits for carers currently sets out that a carer must:
  • be 16 years or above
  • must not be gainfully employed
  • must not be in full time education
  • must be caring for a recipient of a disability benefit.  
It will be for the Scottish Parliament to agree what gainful employment and full time student mean for carers benefits in Scotland.
 
We are seeking views of people who have an interest in and are affected by the powers to come. We are particularly interested in the views of people with direct experience of Carers Allowance, including individual recipients and local organisations. This Dialogue is open until 2 October 2015.
 
Information about who currently claims Carer’s Allowance in Scotland is available here.  
 
Questions
  • How should social security benefits support carers?
     
  • What parts of Carers Allowance would you like to keep?
     
  • What do you think should change?
     
  • How should we better join up services for carers through benefits?  For example on income maximisation.
Learn more about developing proposals on new social security powers here.

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