Last updated: 16/02/2022
The rules regarding benefit entitlement and how benefits interact are complicated. If you or your children are awarded Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Disability Living Allowance, Child Disability Payment or Carer’s Allowance it will have an effect on other benefits you may be getting.
In most cases being awarded a disability benefit will entitle, or passport, you to extra support but in some cases you may find no change, or a reduction, in what you receive.
Local Council Welfare Rights Worker
All local authorities have a team who deal with benefit enquiries. Some will also deal with debt. Contact your local council for details.
Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB)
Offices throughout Scotland offering advice and support on many issues including welfare benefits.
Universal Credit Helpline
For information on Universal Credit, new style Jobseekers Allowance and new style Employment and Support Allowance.
Disability Living Allowance Helpline
For information on Disability Living Allowance.
Department for Work and Pensions (Personal Independence Payment Helpline)
Telephone: 0800 121 4433 (Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm)
Textphone: 0800121 4493
For information on Personal Independence Payment.
Carer’s Allowance Unit
Telephone: 0800 731 0297 Mon – Fri, 8am – 6pm
Textphone: 0800 731 0317
For information on Carer’s Allowance.
Carers Trust Scotland
Telephone: 0300 772 7701
Benefit information and details of local support for carers.
Social Security Scotland
Telephone: 0800 182 2222 (Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm)
For information on Scottish benefits including Scottish Child Payment, Child Disability Payment, Carer’s Allowance Supplement and Young Carer Grant.
Information on benefits and how to apply for them.