The New Scottish Social Security System
As well as the launch of Universal Credit for tenants on 5th December 2018, The Scottish Government have been developing their own Social Security System. This gives The Scottish Government power to not only make some administration changes to Universal Credit and how it is delivered but also how housing costs are paid. In addition they will have authority over the delivery of some welfare benefits, which will be rolled out over the next few years.
This starts with the new Carers Allowance Supplement. This is two annual payments of £221 received with your regular Carer’s Allowance Payments if you were receiving Carer’s Allowance on a named qualifying date.
You will qualify for the first payment if you were in receipt of Carer’s Allowance on Monday 16th April 2018. The second qualifying date 15th October 2018 Payment is automatic therefore you do not need to do anything to receive the payment.
There is one qualifying date every six months – 2019 Qualifying Dates
Monday 15 April 2019
Monday 14 October 2019
| If you weren't getting Carer's Allowance on the qualifying date, but are later given a backdated payment covering that date, you are then eligible for the CA Supplement.
In advance of payments being issued, carers will receive a letter explaining the payment to them and a leaflet to introduce Social Security Scotland as the new Scottish Government agency that will deliver these payments. They expect people to start receiving their letters from week beginning 10th September 2018.This is the first payments Social Security Scotland will make therefore they will issue payments over a phased period. The vast majority of payments will be made by the end of September, with more complex cases completed by Thursday 15 October. Payment will be made using the same method that people get their Carer’s Allowance from the DWP.
Further information can be found here:
Introduction to Social Security Scotland https://youtu.be/g2UYcGW2O5s
Questions Arising https://youtu.be/jF1woPiLPCQ