Carers will receive the lump sum in recognition of the important role they played during the pandemic. Although more than 57,000 carers will receive the payout in Wales, it doesn’t look like the gesture will be offered to the millions of carers in England and Scotland.
Ms Morgan continued: “We understand not all unpaid carers will be eligible for this payment, as many are not in receipt of a carer’s allowance, and we will continue supporting carers of all ages in every way we can.”
The scheme is being launched after a survey of 1,500 unpaid carers found nearly half had to use their personal savings during the pandemic.
Caring for someone also means many people have to give up work or study.
The scheme is costing the Welsh Government £29 million but will leave many carers in England and Scotland wondering why they have been forgotten.
To claim Carer’s Allowance, the person being cared for must be claiming one of the following state benefits:
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Child Disability Payment.
People can go to Gov.uk to find out more.