Changes to benefits in Scotland

Last updated: 24/01/2020

The Scottish Government have responsibility for some benefits and the option to change how others were administered. This means that some benefits in Scotland are different from those in the rest of the UK.


The Scottish Government now has the power to change:

  • Attendance allowance
  • Disability living Allowance
  • Personal independence payment
  • Carer’s allowance
  • Industrial injuries disablement benefit
  • Severe disablement allowance

Other payments

The Scottish Government also has the power to regulate:

  • the Social Fund including Best Start Grant, funeral, cold weather, and winter fuel payments
  • discretionary housing payments
  • Healthy Start vouchers
  • the frequency of universal credit payments.

Other changes

Changes that have already taken place are:

  • The replacement of Sure Start Maternity Grant with Best Start Grant
  • Introduction of the Carer’s Supplement
  • The increase in frequency of universal credit from monthly to twice monthly for those who want this
  • The introduction of discretionary housing payments to families affected by the underoccupancy tax
  • Enabling payments of universal credit for rent to be made directly to landlords.