Category Archives: Information & Advice

New Scottish Child Payment

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 …

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A single parent’s guide to Christmas

Christmas bells and festive cheer, adverts and shop windows trying to sell sparkly treasures to your children… While the kids excitedly count down how many sleeps till Santa comes, many single parents worry about how much there is to organise …

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New Young Carer Grant

Young carers aged 16 -18 in Scotland who don’t currently qualify for Carer’s Allowance may be eligible for a new £300 annual Young Carer Grant. To qualify you must be: between 16 and 18 years of age, not getting carer’s allowance …

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How universal credit is paid in Scotland

As part of Scottish Government ‘Flexibilities‘ you can choose to have universal credit paid once or twice a month. You can also choose to have help with rent from universal credit paid directly your landlord rather than yourself. You will be …

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Child Maintenance

What is child maintenance Child maintenance is money given to the parent who has the most care of their children from the other parent. Child maintenance does not affect any benefits you may be receiving such as housing benefit or …

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OPFS offering UC sessions to professionals working with single parents

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 …

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Benefits for Children

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 …

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OPFS Glasgow providing extra support to parents of school-age children

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 …

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Best Start Scotland

Updated 14/08/19 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 …

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Carer’s Allowance Supplement Scotland

Updated 26 November 2019 The Scottish Government is paying a supplement to people in receipt of carer’s allowance. If you are receiving carer’s allowance at the moment you do not need to claim the supplement. It will be paid automatically …

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