Professor Cantillon to advise on Carer Benefit Evidence Review

13 October 2016

Professor Cantillon to advise on Carer Benefit Evidence Review

Professor Sara Cantillon

Glasgow Caledonian University’s Professor Sara Cantillon has been appointed as an expert to the Scottish Government Carer Benefit Evidence Review Group.

The Government has established the Evidence Review Group to provide advice on the development of an evidence base and to inform the development of a new Scottish carer benefit.

Professor Cantillon is Professor of Gender and Economics and Director of the WiSE Research Centre. Her main areas of research are equality, poverty, gender and intra-household distribution.

There are an estimated 759,000 adult carers (aged 16 and over) in Scotland and 29,000 carers under the age of 16. These people are often referred to as ‘unpaid carers’ because they provide care to family members or friends. The people being cared for may be affected by disability, physical or mental health issues, substance misuse or frailty. Some of these conditions could be long-term and require life-long care.

Carer’s Allowance, the main benefit paid to people who provide substantial levels of care for a disabled relative or friend, is being devolved to the Scottish Parliament as part of the Scotland Act 2016.‚Äč

The original provision for a carer’s benefit in the Scotland Bill 2015-16 sought to maintain the same conditions as for Carer’s Allowance. However, it was criticised for being too restrictive by a range of stakeholders, the Scottish Government and the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee. The Scottish Government will be able to change certain aspects of entitlement to Carer’s Allowance or create an entirely new benefit for carers.

Professor Cantillon said: “I am delighted to be asked to contribute to this important policy evidence review."


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