Almost 2,300 Falkirk district carers are about to receive the first payments of the new Carer’s Allowance Supplement - and back-dated to April.
This new benefit will be paid twice a year by Social Security Scotland, the first major new public service to be created since devolution.
Eligible carers will get a supplementary payment of £221, equivalent to an extra £8.50 per week, an increase of 13 per cent on Carer’s Allowance from the Department of Work and Pensions.
Social Security Scotland will go live as a public service as soon as it begins to process these payments.
Carers will receive letters from Social Security Scotland from a week on Monday so that they know in advance to expect the cash.
Welcoming the switch of the system to Scottish control, Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald said: “This roll out of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement marks the beginning of a bright new chapter in Scottish public service.
“The SNP is committed to delivering a fairer system for social security: one that affords carers the dignity and respect they are due as a result of their selfless dedication”.
He added: “We appreciate the contribution carers make to our society and we have always advocated that Carer’s Allowance should be the same rate as Jobseeker’s Allowance.
“It follows that the new powers over social security mean that we can make this a reality and put more money into the pockets of carers as a thank you for their tireless efforts.”
Almost all payments will be made this month, with a small number of more complex payments made into early October.
Carers are not required to do anything to receive the payment as if they’re eligible they will be paid using the same method by which people get their Carer’s Allowance from the DWP.