Young Carer Grant

Young carers living in Scotland who are aged 16 to 18 years old may be entitled to an annual payment of £305.10.

To qualify for this payment the young carer must spend an average of 16 hours each week caring for a person who has a qualifying disability benefit.

The young carer can be providing care for more than one person and they can combine the hours of the people they care for to average 16 hours a week.

The grant is paid once a year, up until the young carer turns 19 years of age. Applications will have to be made each year.

There is no criteria on how the grant is spent, it could be used for things like new clothes, driving lessons or a holiday.

If you care for more for someone for more than 35 hours each week then you may qualify for Carers Allowance instead. You are unable to claim Carers Allowance and the Young Carer Grant at the same time. Prior to making a claim for Carers Allowance we would recommend discussing this with a local advice organisation as claiming Carers Allowance may impact on the disabled person's entitlements.

To find out more and for details on how to apply please visit the Young Carer Grant pages on