Author Archives: Mandy Mitchell

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Your Parenting Plan

New Scottish Government Parenting Plan

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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