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Campaigning plasticine person standing on platform with a megaphone talking to a crowd. New Young Carer Grant- Young carers aged 16 -18 in Scotland who don't currently qualify for Carer’s Allowance may be eligible for a new £300 annual Young Carer Grant. To qualify you must be: between 16 and 18 years of age, not getting carer’s allowance… Read more...
How universal credit is paid in Scotland- As part of Scottish Government 'Flexibilities' you can choose to have universal credit paid once or twice a month. You can also choose to have help with rent from universal credit paid directly your landlord rather than yourself. You will be… Read more...
Plasticine people standing on medal podiums made of pennies Child Maintenance- What is child maintenance Child maintenance is money given to the parent who has the most care of their children from the other parent. Child maintenance does not affect any benefits you may be receiving such as housing benefit or… Read more...
Benefits for Children- If you are on a low income or have a child with a disability you may be able to receive benefits to help with the cost of caring for them. Since 6 April 2017 some of these benefits have been… Read more...
Best Start Scotland- Updated 14/08/19 Best Start Grant The Scottish Government has now replaced the Sure Start Maternity grant with Best Start Pregnancy and Baby grant. Qualifying families will receive £600 from 25th week of pregnancy to 6 months after the birth of their… Read more...
Mother with her baby Carer’s Allowance Supplement Scotland- Updated 26 November 2019 The Scottish Government is paying a supplement to people in receipt of carer’s allowance. If you are receiving carer’s allowance at the moment you do not need to claim the supplement. It will be paid automatically… Read more...
Can you get help with childcare costs if you have more than 2 children?- Yes, you can get help to pay for childcare for all qualifying children even if you only get child tax credit, universal credit and help with housing costs for two. If you are affected by the ‘2 child limit’ you… Read more...
Your Parenting Plan- New Scottish Government Parenting Plan Read more...
Benefits and other changes for single parents from April 2019- Universal Credit Universal credit is now available throughout Scotland for all new claims. People getting legacy benefits will be moved onto universal credit by a Managed Migration. Managed migration will be piloted in July 2019 for a few claimants, but… Read more...
Support if you’re affected by domestic abuse- Domestic Abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual or financial abuse of one person by another with whom the person is or has had a relationship with. Domestic abuse also affects children. Physical Abuse can include slapping, punching, hitting, kicking and… Read more...

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