Scotland’s Young Carer Grant is to be extended to include Asylum Seeker young people.
Last year the Best Start Grant was extended to young asylum seekers. The Best Start Grant is available to ‘Those aged under-18 ; and will ‘ not jeopardise their immigration status’. It provides £600 for the first child and £300 for each subsequent child.’ Immigration is a power reserved to the UK Government and the Scottish Government have been in lengthy negotiations to establish these payments for young asylum seekers. Whilst going through the immigration process asylum seekers are unable to access the welfare benefits that Scottish and UK citizens are entitled to.
The Young Carer Grant will also be extended to young asylum seekers. It is worth £300.