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Would a better understanding of how Universal Credit (UC) works help you to support single parents?
We are running a series of free half-day UC training sessions for professionals working with single parents, commencing in October. These will take place in our Edinburgh city centre office.
Sign up for one of these free sessions without delay, as places go quickly.(more…)
If you are on a low income or have a child with a disability you may be able to receive benefits to help with the cost of caring for them.
Since 6 April 2017 some of these benefits have been limited so you can normally only get them for two children born on or after this date. This has been called the ‘two child limit’.
Child benefit, disability living allowance and personal independence payment are not affected so you can get these for all children who qualify.
Child tax credit, universal credit and help towards rent have been limited.
No new claims can be made for child tax credit or housing benefit, with very few exceptions, so this rule now mainly affects families claiming universal credit.
How does the two child limit rule work?
You will get or continue to get universal credit for all children born before 6 April 2017, however, if you are already getting universal credit for 2 or more children and have another born after this date you will not get universal credit for this new baby.
If you already get universal credit for 2 children and an older child becomes part of your family you may not get universal credit for all three children depending on when they were born.
Exceptions to the rule
Exceptions apply where a third or subsequent child, born on or after 6 April 2017, has been adopted, there is a kinship care arrangement, or the child was conceived as a result of rape.
Where your third or subsequent child qualifies for a disability element of universal credit you will receive this for them even if you do not get the child element because of the 2 child limit rule.
For more information call
The Lone Parent Helpline on 0808 801 0323
The system for ensuring non-resident parents pay child maintenance has amassed nearly £1billion pounds in arrears, new government figures show.
Preparations for celebrating the 75th Anniversary of OPFS later in the year are in full swing. This includes an exhibition being prepared by the renowned photographer, Amara Eno, to engage with and celebrate single-parenthood across Scotland. This project is offering the opportunity for single parent families to represent themselves visually and through words, in a way that is both more empowering and accurate. (more…)
Today Close The Gap published their new report “Flexible working for all? The impact of the right to request regulations in Scotland”.
In 2010, the UK Government extended the right to request flexible working regulations to all employees. Close the Gap’s new research, Flexible Working for All?, looks at the availability and uptake of flexible working in Scotland between 2010 and 2015 to identify whether this regulatory change has resulted in increased flexible working across Scotland’s labour market. (more…)
Julie-Ann Macqueen OBE, Previous Director of the Scottish Council for Single Parents, died peacefully, in Edinburgh, on June 22, 2019, aged 91 years.
Julie-Ann was made Director of the Scottish Council for the Unmarried Mother and her Child in 1967 which in 1973 became the Scottish Council for Single Parents (SCSP), predecessor to OPFS.
While she was the Director, SCSP expanded dramatically, with the number of staff growing from seven to over forty. A Sitter Service was established in Edinburgh. Work in Glasgow expanded in 1984 with ‘The Play Project’, which provided crèche services throughout Glasgow, as well as parent evenings. Dundee also saw further expansion in January 1984 with a drop-in centre on the City’s Whitfield estate, an area where 1 in 3 families were headed by a single parent. Without Julie- Ann’s passion and commitment to single parent families there would be no One Parent Families Scotland. We owe her a debt of gratitude.
Julie-Ann was awarded an OBE for services to children and families in 1987. When she retired in 1988, she set up the Macqueen Appeal Trust to help support the wellbeing of young single parents with an emphasis on helping them improve their education. An Interview with Julie-Ann in February 2017 reveals what inspired her – “There was so much poverty and injustice.”
The OPFS Glasgow service has received funding to provide support to single parents who have a school-age child or a child who is starting school. The Financial Inclusion team can support parents in Glasgow to maximise their income and successfully apply for everything they are entitled to when children start school.
When your child starts school there is a lot to consider, such as:
- applying for the School Clothing Grant of £110 provided by Glasgow City Council
- free school meals
- if you claim income support, you might need to move to universal credit when your child starts school.
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The Financial Inclusion (FI) team in the Glasgow office receive funding from Glasgow City Council (GCC) and they are looking for feedback from residents on all services in GCC relating to financial inclusion and advice. (more…)
Following on from calls from OPFS and Scottish Society to speed up the introduction of a new income supplement to tackle child poverty the Scottish Government has today announced a new ‘Scottish Child Payment’. This will see eligible families receive an extra £10 per week from 2020/21.
Marion Davis, Head of Policy and Strategy at OPFS said:
“We are absolutely delighted that Scottish Government has listened to parents about the pressures they are under and is bringing forward a new Scottish Child Payment for families on a low income.
We are particularly pleased that there will be no cap on the number of children entitled to support through the new Scottish Child Payment. We have worked closely with Social Security Scotland to involve parents in removing barriers to claiming the new Best Start Grant. We look forward to enabling parents help influence the application process to ensure maximum take-up of this vital new benefit. We call on the Westminster Government to add to this positive policy by removing the 2 child limit on social security for families and to end the benefit cap which traps so many children in poverty.”