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Help for carers in Scotland

In Scotland, if you provide regular care for someone, you are entitled to a carer's assessment. This is called an adult carer support plan, or a Young Carer Statement if you are under 18.

You might be able to get funding for a break for yourself and practical support with the care you provide.

Carers can ask their employers for support. Most employees have a statutory right to request flexible working hours and to take resonable time off work to deal with an emergency. Some employers offer additional contractual rights to  their staff.

Financial support

Carer’s Allowance is a benefit for carers who provide at least 35 hours of care a week. It doesn’t depend on what National Insurance you’ve paid or any savings (it’s ‘non-means-tested’).

If you get Carer’s Allowance, you might also qualify for an extra payment – the Carer’s Allowance Supplement. Getting it won’t affect your Carers Allowance or any other benefits you get. Find out more at mygov.scot.

Young carers might be able to get Young Carer’s Allowance. Find out more about financial support for young and adult carers.

We also offer financial help to carers through our carer's grants. Call our Supporter Care Team on 0300 500 8084 for details.

Scottish organisations for carers

Care Information Scotland covers a wide range of useful information for carers, including support for carers and young carers.

Carers Scotland provides information for carers on a wide range of issues as well as campaigning for carers' rights.

Carers UK helpline - 0808 808 7777 (Monday and Tuesday 10am-4pm).

Crossroads Caring Scotland provides support for carers and their families.

The Carers Trust operates the network of local carers centres. Call 0300 123 2008 or email scotland@carers.org.

Young Scot provides help and support to young carers and offers a Young Carers package which includes things like free cinema tickets, discounted study guides andother support.

Coalition of Carers in Scotland is a network of local carer led groups, centres and projects.

Care Information Scotland has more information. The site and helpline are aimed at people over 65 but much of the information is relevant to all adults.

Local carers' centres

There are local carers' centres or organisations in most parts of Scotland such as VOCAL (Voice of carers across the Lothians) and Connecting Carers in the Highlands. These groups offer information and advice and other services such as advocacy for carers, support groups, courses (eg, looking after yourself) and counselling.

Carers Trust Scotland has an online directory of local services to help carers.

Care at home services

Crossroads Caring Scotland provides care at home services to let carers have a break. Referral is usually through your local council's health and social care department but you can also self refer.

Shared Care Scotland provide information about short breaks for carers, including an online short break information service.

More information about care in Scotland