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Child Maintenance Service needs root and branch review

The system for ensuring non-resident parents pay child maintenance has amassed nearly £1billion pounds in arrears, new government figures show. The Scottish MP Marion Fellows is leading calls for a review by the UK government of the Child Maintenance Service (CMS).

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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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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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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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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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Your Parenting Plan

New Scottish Government Parenting Plan

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Benefits and other changes for single parents from April 2019

Universal Credit Universal credit is now available throughout Scotland for all new claims. People getting legacy benefits will be moved onto universal credit by a Managed Migration. Managed migration will be piloted in July 2019 for a few claimants, but …

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Support if you’re affected by domestic abuse

Domestic Abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual or financial abuse of one person by another with whom the person is or has had a relationship with. Domestic abuse also affects children. Physical Abuse can include slapping, punching, hitting, kicking and …

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OPFS celebrates 20 years of delivering Flexible Childcare Services

Twenty years ago, in the city of Dundee a little acorn was planted when One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) were officially registered to provide a flexible, home based, childcare service for the very first time. This was the first time …

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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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