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There will be changes to Disability Living Allowance for children in Scotland from summer 2020.
The Scottish Government will soon be responsible for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) payments for children. It will be known as Disability Assistance for Children and Young People (DACYP).
Disability assistance for children and young people will be much the same as disability living allowance but with 2 main changes:
- It will be available for children up to age 18, rather than 16
- The maximum amount will be awarded for children who are terminally ill, whatever their life expectancy
One Parent Families Scotland is calling for a root-and-branch review by the UK Government of the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) to make it fit for purpose and lift single parents and their children out of poverty.
Freedom of Information requests submitted by the Scottish Mail on Sunday identified that £21 million was owed in child maintenance payments to children in Scotland. This excludes debts carried over from the Child Support Agency, dissolved in 2012, which amounts to a further £58.87 million.
Through our work with single parent families, we are often told that the CMS needs to act on its enforcement powers so that children receive the payments they deserve. When 39% of single parent families live in poverty and the median wealth of a single parent household is just 13.8% that of a two-parent household, the importance of these payments is very clear.
New research on wealth inequality published this week by the Scottish Government shows that single parents and their children are consistently the worst-off in Scotland.
The data looks at overall wealth, which includes financial assets, household goods, property and private pensions and compares households made up of single pensioners, pensioner couples, single working-age adults and working-age couples with and without children.
The median wealth of a lone parent household is the lowest of all household types and amounts to only 13.8% that of a working-age two-parent household. Meanwhile, 9.1% of single parent households are in unmanageable debt, the highest of all household types, compared with 3.1% of working-age couples with children.
The new Scottish Child Payments will begin in December 2020 for families with a child under six.
The payment will roll out to all other eligible families with a child under 16 by the end of 2022.
The payment is £10 per week for each qualifying child. Payments will be only be made to the parent claiming one of these benefits:
- Universal credit
- Income support
- Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
- Income-related employment and support allowance
- Pension credit
- Housing benefit
- Child tax credit
- Working tax credit
You will be able to apply at Social Security Scotland or call 0800 182 2222.
If you need advice see our guides or call the lone parent helpline on 0808 801 0323.
Oxfam Scotland analysis shows the estimated value of unpaid care work in Scotland to be £36 billion, and polling shows 72% of people in Scotland back governments spending more on social security benefits for carers of those who are sick or disabled. Care work includes looking after children, elderly people, disabled people and those with additional needs, as well as daily domestic work like cooking and cleaning. (more…)
As we enter the new year and new decade, many of us will be reflecting on our goals, plans and hopes for the future.
January can be a great time for self-motivation, whether you’re aiming for a new job or a new outlook on life, but it can also create a sense of pressure to make changes overnight.
At One Parent Families Scotland we know that this is often an unrealistic expectation, particularly if you’ve been struggling with your mental or physical health.
Whether your goals are long-term or short-term, our employability workers in Dundee may be able to provide support and guidance to help you along the way, one step at a time.