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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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Scottish government consultation on fraud in the social security system – OPFS Response

OPFS welcomes the commitment that the Scottish Social Security Agency will treat those who use the service with dignity, respect and fairness. The process of developing the suite of early years benefits – Best Start Grants in particular – has …

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OPFS Response to Scottish Parliament Inequality Debate

One Parent Families Scotland has responded to comments made by Michelle Ballantyne MSP when she said the poor “can’t have as many children as they like” during a debate about inequality in the Scottish Parliament yesterday. Marion Davis, head of …

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Social Security and In-Work Poverty Inquiry Submission

OPFS replied to the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee inquiry into social security and in-work poverty. The Committee’s focus is on the potential impact of Universal Credit on in-work poverty and indications of increasing needs in working households. Single parents …

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Social Impact Report – Flexible Childcare Services Scotland

If you are a single parent on a zero-hours contract how can you get reliable childcare when you need it, and which doesn’t leave you worse off? How do you pay for childcare in order to retrain for work or for better …

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Childcare Deposit Guarantee Scheme

Have you heard about the new Childcare deposit guarantee scheme? Early Years Scotland (EYS) is working with the Scottish Government on a recently launched Deposit Guarantee Scheme (DGS) pilot. The purpose of the pilot scheme is to support families who …

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How universal credit is paid

Your payment of universal credit depends on your circumstances and your income in each complete assessment period. The assessment period for universal credit is one month.

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Index of universal credit updates

We have an ongoing series of universal credit updates to help you with changes to your benefits.  What is universal credit? Universal credit or UC is a new benefit that has been introduced to simplify the current benefit system. It replaces …

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New £100 minimum national school clothing grant

Thousands to benefit from minimum £100 grant. An estimated 120,000 families will benefit from a new £100 national minimum school clothing grant in Scotland as a result of partnership working between Scotland’s Local Authorities and the Scottish Government. Thanks to …

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Scottish Government Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan – OPFS Response

The Child Poverty (Scotland) Act, which aims to reduce child poverty to less than 10% by 2030, says the Scottish Government must prepare a “delivery plan” which sets out the measures that aim to achieve the child poverty targets. Responding …

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