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Audit Scotland Highlights Devolved Benefits Achievement

£3.9bn+ to Benefit a Million People in 2022-23 A new report published by Audit Scotland has highlighted the Scottish Government’s “significant achievement” in the scale and pace of delivering the devolved programme of social security benefits in Scotland. This includes seven new payments unavailable anywhere

Best Start Foods Eligibility to Widen

Extra support for 30,000 families Plans to remove all income thresholds from Best Start Foods by 2023-24 have been announced as part of the second Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan, ‘Best Start, Bright Futures’. This will increase eligibility to all people in receipt of a

Investment in Tackling Child Poverty

Supporting Low Income Households Almost £6 billion has been invested to support low income households across Scotland over the last three years. More than a third of that total, around £2.18 billion, has directly benefitted children as the Scottish Government prepares to publish its Tackling

Improving Disability Benefits

Ending Fixed-Term Reviews for Lifelong Conditions Disabled people with the most serious lifelong health conditions will have more financial security under Scotland’s social security system. Adult Disability Payment will replace the UK Government’s Personal Independence Payment (PIP). It will open for new applications in pilot

2,395 Angus Children Benefitting From Child Payment

Local Impact of ‘Game Changing’ Devolved Benefit New statistics have shown that approximately 2,395 children across Angus are benefitting from the Scottish Government’s Scottish Child Payment – which is set to double to £20 per child per week in April. The payment was introduced in

1,640 Angus Carers Benefit from Additional Double Payment

£1.15m Support Locally in 2021 New figures have shown the extent of the impact locally in Angus of the Scottish Government’s Carers Allowance Supplement payment. 12,680 payments have been made to 2,475 carers across Angus since this additional devolved payment, unique in the UK, was

Scottish Child Payment Turns One

Eligible Parents Urged to Apply Eligible parents are being urged to apply for the Scottish Child Payment this week – the first anniversary of its roll out. The payment of £10 per week, unique to Scotland, began in February 2021 as a direct measure to

Step Closer to Adult Disability Payment

Legislation Unanimously Approved The new Adult Disability Payment will open for applications in three pilot areas from 21 March 2022, and from more including Angus from 20 June. Legislation unanimously approved by the Scottish Parliament means that working age disabled people, those with a long-term

Almost £2.6m Support for Angus Households

Graeme Welcomes Local Pandemic Payment Figures Newly released figures show that low income households in Angus have been supported by £2,593,870 in targeted pandemic relief payments from the Scottish Government. Households across Angus have received £1,220,050 of Low Income Pandemic Payments and £1,373,820 of Bridging

Extra £16m to Tackle Homelessness

Funding for Rapid Rehousing Councils are being given an extra £16 million to help tackle homelessness by moving people swiftly from temporary accommodation into settled homes. The funding, to be awarded over the next two financial years, takes the total investment in rapid rehousing to