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Graeme Welcomes £50 Heating Payment Boost

Around 7,000 Angus Households to Benefit Around 7,000 households across Angus will receive an automatic £50 heating support payment in the coming weeks. This is the Scottish Government’s new Winter Heating Payment, which will be paid out regardless of weather conditions. It replaces the Cold

Deadline for School Age Payment Approaches

Families Urged to Make Sure They Don’t Miss Out Parents and guardians who get qualifying benefits or tax credits and who have a child born between 1 March 2017 and 28 February 2018 are being urged to check whether they should apply for Best Start

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

Scottish Child Payment Increased

Extension opens benefit to more than 400,000 children The Scottish Child Payment has today been increased to £25 and been extended to include eligible children up to age 16. First launched in February 2021 at £10 per week per child for children under the age

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