Changes to benefits – October update
There are a number of changes taking place to the benefits system. From October, the maximum rate at which deductions can be made from Universal Credit, to repay an advance payment, will be reduced from 40% to 30% of the standard allowance of Universal Credit. However, if parent has taken an advance and they won’t be able to repay it in time, the DWP can carry on taking deductions of more than 30% of their standard allowance to get it repaid within the 12 monthly payments.
Another change from October is that working parents will be given an extra month to apply for a refund for up to 85 per cent – or a maximum of £646.35 a month for one child, or £1,108.04 a month for two or more children – of their childcare costs.
Social Security Scotland will start to deliver the new Young Carer Grant from 8 am on Monday 21 October 2019.
The Young Carer Grant is a new yearly cash payment of £300 for 16-18-year olds which carers can spend as they choose. Young carers can claim if they are at school, in further education, employed or unemployed and may be eligible if they meet all of the following criteria:
- they live in Scotland
- they are 16, 17 or 18 years of age when applying
- caring for an average of 16 hours per week, over a 13-week period
- care for someone normally paid a qualifying disability benefit
- they have not applied for or receive Carer’s Allowance
- they are not paid or volunteer to care
People will be able to apply from 21 October online at https://www.mygov.scot/benefits/ or through the Scottish Social Security Service Freephone helpline at 0800 182 2222. Their helpline is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. A paper application will also be available and can be downloaded direct from their website.
If you are within the Glasgow area call our Financial Inclusion Team on 0141 847 0444 for further information.
Call our Lone Parent Helpline if you are not in the Glasgow area.