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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 …

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Challenge Poverty Week – PAS guest blog

Parenting Across Scotland have published a series of guest blogs for #ChallengePovertyWeek. The latest one is from our Head of Policy & Strategy, Marion Davies.

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Challenge Poverty Week – Dundee

We know from experience of supporting single parent families that not having enough money to buy everything you need, including food, is becoming a growing problem. This is a recognised problem in Dundee, as in other parts of the country, …

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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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Interest on rent-to-own purchases capped to save people millions

For those living in poverty and low-income households, shopping for essential goods can be literally more expensive. Every family home needs furniture and appliances. But affordable credit, never mind paying for such products up front, is beyond the reach of …

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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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#ProudSingleParents

Nicola is a mum who lives with daughter in Falkirk. In this blog she describes how OPFS has helped her flourish through the OPFS Falkirk Family Centre service. My story I am 29 years old and became a single parent …

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How OPFS has supported me

Shanan is a mum to a three-year-old son. She works part-time and lives in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire. In this blog, she describes the ways OPFS has supported her as a single parent.

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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 …

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Benefits when your children get older

Benefits and tax credit changes when your children leave education or start university.

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