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.


Scottish Child Payment

The new Scottish Child Payment is due to start in February 2021 for families with a child under six. Applications will open on 9 November 2020.


Carers Allowance Supplement

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


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.


Best Start Scotland

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


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.