Benefits in Scotland

Benefits have changed in Scotland with a new social security agency to deliver some payments. Learn about the payments that you may be entitled from the Scottish Social Security System.

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Scottish Child Payment

You could be entitled to the new Scottish Child Payment which will give eligible families £40 for each child under six to help with the costs of looking after your child.

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Carers Allowance Supplement

The Scottish Government is paying a supplement to people in receipt of carer’s allowance.

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Child Disability Payment

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children will be transferred to the Scottish Government in 2021 and will be renamed the Child Disability Payment.

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Best Start Scotland

The Scottish Government has now replaced the Sure Start Maternity grant with Best Start Pregnancy and Baby grant.

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Scottish Welfare Fund

The Scottish Welfare Fund provides several grants and payments for people facing a crisis or needing essential household items. You may be able to get a community care grant or a budgeting loan to buy things you need for your home.

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Winter Support Fund for Children and Families

The Scottish Government has provided Local Authorities additional funding for children who get Free School Meals (FSM). Families will receive a payment of £100 per child to help over the Christmas 2020 school holiday. A further additional payment will be made in February 2021 to cover the Spring break.