Your benefits

The benefits system has undergone a major change recently. We can help you to understand what benefits you are entitled to, including universal credit, benefits when you are having a baby, disability benefits, and more.


Universal credit

This information is for single parents about to claim universal credit, already getting it or who want to know more.


Having a baby

When you are having a baby and are, or will be, a single parent you may have a lot of questions about where you stand with your income, benefits, employment and making arrangements with your child’s other parent.


Benefits have changed

The benefits system has undergone a major change recently. Some benefits are being replaced while others might have different rules for claiming them.


Disability, sickness and care benefits

If you, or your child, have a disability or illness or you care for someone with a disability or illness you may be able to get benefits to help with day to day living costs and to pay for support and services.


Calculating benefits

You can get help calculating what benefits you are entitled to.

News updates for single parents

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Our news updates reflect the work of One Parent Families Scotland and the issues affecting single parents today.

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How universal credit is calculated


Universal credit is made up of different amounts called elements. These elements are added together to give you a maximum amount of universal credit.