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Independent Advocacy Service Celebrates First Anniversary

Supporting Disabled People to Access Devolved Benefits A free independent advocacy service supporting disabled people to access Scottish Government benefits has marked its first year in operation. The Scottish Government is investing more than £20 million to deliver this service over the course of four

Reliable Help with Heating Costs

Winter Heating Payments Will Support More People on Low Incomes Social Security Minister Ben Macpherson has today (Thursday 15 December) given evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Social Justice & Social Security Committee on regulations to introduce a new winter benefit. Subject to parliamentary approval, Winter

Pension Credit Extra Payment Deadline

Claim Before Sunday 18th December Low-income pensioners are being urged to act quickly and claim for Pension Credit before this Sunday, in order to avoid losing out on an extra £324 cost-of-living payment. Age Scotland, the national charity for older people, can help identify if someone

Two Key Devolved Benefits to be Paid Automatically

Making Things Easier for Families People who receive Scottish Child Payment and qualify for Best Start Grant Early Learning and School Age payments will be paid them automatically from this week, without the need to apply for them separately. Social Security Scotland will notify clients

Tory Cuts & Cost Crisis Hitting Living Standards

Incomes Down, Foodbank Use Up Westminster cuts have led to “the biggest deterioration in living standards in living memory”, according to a new report from the Child Poverty Action Group. The report points to “a gradual degradation of living standards since 2016 due to [UK

Only Independence Can Secure Social Safety Net 

Austerity 2.0 Demonstrates Need for Full Powers The SNP has said that the Tory austerity threat to Scottish families shows why Scottish independence is the only way to secure our vital social security safety net. It comes as the UK Government’s plans to slash welfare

Extra Winter Cash for Low-Income Families

December Bridging Payment Doubling to £260 Families of an estimated 145,000 children will benefit from extra support this winter to help with cost-of-living pressures – backed by Scottish Government investment of £18.9 million. Bridging Payments were introduced in 2021 ahead of the extension of the

Scottish Child Payment Pays Out £84m

Devolved Benefit Helping 104,000 Children A total of £84 million has been paid to families since the Scottish Child Payment was introduced less than 18 months ago. The payment of £20 per week, unique in the UK to Scotland, began in February 2021 as a

Millions Spent Battling Tory Policies

Scottish Government Mitigates £2,500 Per Impacted Family New research shows that Scottish Government mitigation of cruel Tory policies makes up for a loss of around £2,500 per family in Scotland impacted by austerity. The second Building A New Scotland Paper, published last week, outlines stats

Adult Disability Payment Now Available

Phased Rollout Reaches Angus People living in Angus can now apply for Adult Disability Payment. The new Scottish Government benefit replaces the UK Government’s Personal Independence Payment. It provides financial support to people aged between 16 and state pension age who are disabled, have a