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The Cost Of High School

When young people are unable to participate in the same activities as their friends this can have a negative impact on health and wellbeing. OPFS has highlighted concern among parents about the growing ‘prom culture’ in schools that might exclude …

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OPFS submission to the Scottish Government Disability Assistance Consultation

‘Disability Assistance’ benefits are the next big step in creating a social security system in Scotland. The new benefits will be equivalent to those presently delivered by the DWP. This includes: Disability Living Allowance;  Child Disability Living Allowance (Child DLA); …

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Charities, Scotland & Holyrood: Twenty Years Delivering Change

To mark the Scottish Parliament‘s 20th anniversary, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has published ‘Charities, Scotland & Holyrood: Twenty Years Delivering Change‘.The limited-edition book highlights 20 voluntary sector campaigns which resulted in legislation designed for the benefit of …

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Have you a child starting school? You could be due £250

The Scottish Government has increased the level of financial support available to low income families with children with the launch of its Best Start Grant School Age Payment. The £250 School Age Payment is made around the time a child normally …

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Scottish Government Disability Assistance Consultation

OPFS Survey of Single Parents OPFS is asking single parents about their views on the Disability Assistance consultation to inform our response to the Scottish Government. You can complete as many or as few questions as are relevant to you. …

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Calls for urgent delivery of income supplement as local statistics show rising child poverty across Scotland

In some Scottish constituencies, more than a third of children are growing up in poverty Local authority data is listed below. Scottish members of End Child Poverty, the UK’s leading child poverty coalition, are calling on Holyrood Ministers to urgently …

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A new Job Grant for young people who face barriers to gaining employment

A new Job Grant proposed by Scottish Government will provide support to young people with the costs of starting work has been warmly welcomed by OPFS. It will be paid to 16-24-year olds who have been in receipt of a …

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New Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment

The Early Learning Payment is £250 to help eligible families with the costs when your child is two to three and half. It’s part of Best Start Grant, a package of three payments to help families in Scotland at key …

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Saturday fun with the Dads’ Club

The Dads’ Clubs in Edinburgh organise free activities and outings each Saturday for single fathers and their young children, including men who only see their children for part of the time. A recent Saturday trip to the Queensferry Lifeboat station was fun …

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A Royal invitation

Over the last year and a half, Anne Baldock (pictured above with FM Nicola Sturgeon MSP) from OPFS took taken part in the Best Start Grant expert working group. The group contributed to the legislation, design and delivery of the …

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