News updates for single parents

Latest updates from the Advice and Information team can be found below.

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 29 July 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...
What is Kinship Care?- Sometimes a child will go to live full-time with an aunt, uncle, grandparent or a family friend when they can’t live with their parents. The decision for this to happen can be made formally or informally and is called kinship… Read more...
Help to Pay for Childcare from Universal Credit- Universal credit contains an element to help pay for childcare costs if you are working or have accepted a job offer. It does not matter how many hours you work as long as the childcare you are paying for is registered with… Read more...
Coins piled up on a table How universal credit is calculated- Updated 18 July 2019 Universal credit is made up of different amounts called elements. These elements are added together to give you a maximum amount of universal credit. The elements included are: Standard allowance This is the amount given for the… Read more...

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