Young carers urged to apply for £359 grant ahead of Christmas

Those who receive the cash can spend it on whatever they want.

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Young carers have been urged to apply for a grant that could see them receive hundreds of pounds this Christmas.

Those who look after family members or friends could be entitled to £359 from the Scottish Government.

The latest figures for the Young Carer Grant show that more than 10,000 payments had been issued up to the end of September this year totalling over £3.2m since the grant launched in Scotland in 2019.

Youngsters can use the money however they see fit.

Max, who is a young carer for her mum, dad and brother, said: “I spent the Young Carer Grant on driving lessons so I was able to drive my dad about as part of my caring role.

“I also bought loads of clothes and shoes just so I could have time to go out, dress up and have a bit of time for myself. It really made a difference that I had money for myself.”

Social justice secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “December is a busy and expensive time for everyone, with young carers balancing their studies and/or work alongside their vital caring roles.

“We’re urging young carers to do something for themselves this festive season and check if they could be eligible for Young Carer Grant.

“As the cost of living crisis continues and people feel additional financial pressures in January, this money is designed to provide some recognition for the important role of unpaid young carers and allow them to take part in the same activities as their peers.

“Young carers aged 16, 17 and 18 can get this payment of over £350 each year as long as they remain eligible. They need to apply for the Young Carer Grant each year to get the payment.”

To be eligible for the Young Carer Grant you must be 16, 17 or 18 years old.

People can apply for the fund online, via a paper application form or by calling Social Security Scotland free on 0800 182 2222.

To find out more information people can visit mygov.scot/young-carer-grant.

Information on other support for carers is available at mygov.scot/help-if-youre-a-carer.

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