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How OPFS support families during school holidays

OPFS provides opportunities to families to take part in trips and activities where costs for food and participation would otherwise be a barrier. As costs are covered this allows the children and families to take part without fear of stigma …

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Elaine C Smith Backs OPFS Christmas Appeal

Appeal launched to ensure every child in a single parent family in Scotland has a happy Christmas. One of Scotland’s favourite comediennes, Elaine C Smith, has again backed the One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) “12 Weans of Christmas” appeal following …

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Universal Credit to result in Christmas catastrophe for families

The roll-out of Universal Credit (UC) has been criticised by charities and campaigners over five-week delays for payments. New benefit claimants in Glasgow will need to wait till January for payments. Although advance payments are available these must be paid …

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Free Interpreting Available on OPFS Lone Parent Helpline

Do you know any single parents seeking an interpreter to equally access telephone advice? Many single parents seeking advice would like to use an interpreter because English is not their first language. One Parent Families are pleased to announce that …

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Assistant Manager: Lanarkshire Service

The Assistant Manager will coordinate the various components which contribute to the Lanarkshire service as a whole, to ensure they are being delivered on time; ensuring that deadlines and project outcomes are met; managing staff and keeping all interested parties in the project informed of progress.

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OPFS Becomes an SFHA Supporting Associate

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, the membership body for housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland, has welcomed OPFS as its newest ‘Supporting Associate’. Our Flexible Childcare Services Scotland (FCSS) service works with Abertay Housing Association to provide childcare services …

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Best Start Scotland

Best Start Grant first payments due December 2018 The Scottish Government is replacing the Sure Start Maternity Grant with the new Best Start Grant. The first payments are due to begin in December 2018. Applications will open on 10th December 2018. This …

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Letter to UN Special Rapporteur Following Scotland Visit

The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, visited Scotland last week to inquire into rising levels of poverty and hardship across the UK. Poverty is the biggest human rights issue facing children in Scotland. …

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What does the autumn budget mean for you?

Universal Credit Changes Two major announcements were made in the Autumn budget. Firstly, the Government committed to additional protections for people transitioning to Universal Credit. These plans are yet to be finalised, and we will update this page when there is …

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Benefits for children born after April 2017

Not all benefits paid for children are affected by the 2 child limit. If you are not receiving child tax credit or the child element of universal credit for a third or subsequent child you may still be entitled to …

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