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Benefit for young carers enters second year

By Sarah Rollo

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YOUNG carers in Moray are being encouraged to check if they are entitled to an award.

The Young Carers Grant is a £305.10 payment available on an annual basis for 16, 17 and 18-year-olds who spend an average of 16 hours a week caring for someone who receives a disability benefit.

Those who have already had a payment are able to apply again if a year has passed since they received their money.

Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said: "Young carers play a vital role in the lives of many people across Scotland and I am glad we can use our social security powers to provide them with the extra support that they deserve.

"As we approach the time where many young carers will once again become eligible for the payment, I strongly encourage them to re-apply if they still meet all the eligibly criteria and for new young carers to apply for the first time."

Up to the end of July this year, Social Security Scotland had paid out just over £490,000 to 1710 young carers across Scotland.

Eligible young carers can apply online at mygov.scot/benefits or by calling 0800 128 2222.

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