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A new young carer grant is set to open for applications.

The Young Carer Grant will be available for 16, 17 and 18-year-olds who spend an average of 16 hours caring for someone who receives a disability benefit and launches on 21 October.

It amounts to a one-off £300 sum for those applying.

The Scottish Government investing £600,000 to support almost 2,000 young carers in 2019/20.

Shirley-Anne Somerville, social security secretary, said: “I am delighted that we are using our new social security powers to recognise the extraordinary contribution these dedicated young people make to the lives of those they care for. This is the first time young carers anywhere in the UK will receive a cash benefit.

“With more responsibilities and less free time, many young carers don’t get the same opportunities as their peers and we want this benefit to support them with activities that many of their peers will take for granted.

“We are putting this extra money in their pockets in what could be a pivotal stage in their lives – when they may be finishing school, looking for employment or starting further education or training.

“This new grant will ensure they are treated with the dignity, fairness and respect they deserve.”

Paul Traynor, policy and external affairs manager, Carers Trust Scotland, said the fund would provide a much needed boost to young carers


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