Category Archives: News

The Cost Of High School

When young people are unable to participate in the same activities as their friends this can have a negative impact on health and wellbeing. OPFS has highlighted concern among parents about the growing ‘prom culture’ in schools that might exclude …

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OPFS submission to the Scottish Government Disability Assistance Consultation

‘Disability Assistance’ benefits are the next big step in creating a social security system in Scotland. The new benefits will be equivalent to those presently delivered by the DWP. This includes: Disability Living Allowance;  Child Disability Living Allowance (Child DLA); …

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Charities, Scotland & Holyrood: Twenty Years Delivering Change

To mark the Scottish Parliament‘s 20th anniversary, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has published ‘Charities, Scotland & Holyrood: Twenty Years Delivering Change‘.The limited-edition book highlights 20 voluntary sector campaigns which resulted in legislation designed for the benefit of …

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Have you a child starting school? You could be due £250

The Scottish Government has increased the level of financial support available to low income families with children with the launch of its Best Start Grant School Age Payment. The £250 School Age Payment is made around the time a child normally …

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Best Start Scotland

Best Start Grant The Scottish Government has now replaced the Sure Start Maternity grant with Best Start Pregnancy and Baby grant. Qualifying families will receive £600 from 25th week of pregnancy to 6 months after the birth of their first child …

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Scottish Government Disability Assistance Consultation

OPFS Survey of Single Parents OPFS is asking single parents about their views on the Disability Assistance consultation to inform our response to the Scottish Government. You can complete as many or as few questions as are relevant to you. …

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Carer’s Allowance Supplement Scotland

The Scottish Government is paying a £442 per year supplement to people in receipt of carer’s allowance. A new benefit to replace carer’s allowance, called Carer’s Assistance, will be introduced which pays the same amount as income support and jobseekers …

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Calls for urgent delivery of income supplement as local statistics show rising child poverty across Scotland

In some Scottish constituencies, more than a third of children are growing up in poverty Local authority data is listed below. Scottish members of End Child Poverty, the UK’s leading child poverty coalition, are calling on Holyrood Ministers to urgently …

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A new Job Grant for young people who face barriers to gaining employment

A new Job Grant proposed by Scottish Government will provide support to young people with the costs of starting work has been warmly welcomed by OPFS. It will be paid to 16-24-year olds who have been in receipt of a …

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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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