Births, Deaths and Marriages

Death

The UK emergency Coronavirus Bill has passed and includes provisions that allow remote death and still-birth registration in Scotland.  This means rather than a face to face appointment, registrations must now be completed by phone. Please contact your local registrar on 01546 605521 or fill in our online form to arrange a remote appointment.

Out of office hours and on weekends you will be asked to leave a message with the following information;

  • Full Name of Deceased
  • Address of Deceased
  • Place of Death
  • Date of Birth
  • Where they were born
  • Were they married in Scotland
  • Name of Informant

Our on duty registrar will return your call once they are available to progress with the registration.

Guidance for burials and cremations

Current Scottish Government guidance on funerals, burials and cremations, including guidance on face coverings, is available on the Scottish Government website - Staying safe and protecting others

Funeral Support Payment

Funeral Support Payment is available to people who are paying for a funeral, are on certain low-income benefits or tax credits and are the nearest relation to the person who has died. 

The payment can help towards burial or cremation fees, some travel costs, and other expenses such as funeral director fees, a coffin, or flowers. Normally, applications can only be made up to six months following a funeral. Clients can now apply late if the reason for the delay in applying is due to COVID-19.

Check if you are eligible for a payment, and apply online at mygov.scot/benefits

You can also apply over the phone by calling 0800 182 2222 and requesting a call back.

For general enquiries, Social Security Scotland is now offering a web chat service between 8 am - 6 pm Monday to Friday.

There is also a new online document upload function for clients to send in evidence to support an application.

Birth

To register your baby’s birth please contact your local Registrar by filling in our online form or emailing us at  registrationenquiries@argyll-bute.gov.uk please use the subject Birth Registration and include your full name, child’s date and place of birth, the name of the office that you wish to attend to register and contact information.

Alternatively call your local registrar on 01546605521 to register your details.

All registrations will be on an appointment only basis and our offices will not be open to the public without a pre-arranged appointment.

Please be aware that where the parents of the child are married to each other either parent may attend to register the birth, however where the parents are not married they must both attend if the father/second parent’s name is to be listed on the register.

If you have not been able to register the birth of your child because of coronavirus, you can still make a claim to receive Child Benefit.

If this is your first child, fill in Child Benefit claim form CH2 and send it to the Child Benefit Office. If you haven’t registered the birth because of COVID 19, add a note to explain this with your application.

If you are already in receipt of Child Benefit, you can complete the form or add your new baby’s details over the telephone on 0300 200 3100. You will need your National Insurance number or Child Benefit number when you call.

More information is available here.

Pregnancy and Baby Payment

The Pregnancy and Baby Payment helps eligible families with the expenses of having a new child. It is a £600 payment for a first child and £300 for other children.

Normally people can only apply for the Pregnancy and Baby Payment from 24 weeks pregnant up to 6 months after the baby was born.

During these challenging times, Social Security Scotland is accepting applications that are made after this timescale, if the reason for the delay in applying is due to COVID-19.

Check if you are eligible for a payment, and apply online at mygov.scot/benefits

You can also apply over the phone by calling 0800 182 2222 and requesting a call back.

The Pregnancy and Baby Payment and Funeral Support Payment also provide support for people whose baby died after being born, and for people who have had a stillbirth where the baby was born after the beginning of the 24th week of pregnancy.

Marriage

Changes from Monday August 9, 2021

  • All of Scotland will move beyond current level 0
  • Most of the remaining legal restrictions on marriage and civil partnership ceremonies, as well as the receptions that follow, will be removed
  • Guidance on maximum numbers allowed to attend both ceremonies and receptions will cease to apply
  • Legal restrictions on gatherings such as receptions at private dwellings will cease to apply
  • Guidance on marriage and civil partnership ceremonies indoors at private dwellings will cease to apply
  • There will be no requirement on venues to maintain physical distancing at ceremonies or receptions
  • Guests at a ceremony or reception can mingle and dance with one another, both indoors and out
  • Face coverings can be removed to eat, drink and dance (both indoors and out) at receptions.

However, some restrictions will remain in place which are specific to marriage and civil partnership:

  • Unless exempt, people must continue to wear a face covering in an indoor public place such as a registration office, hotel or other wedding/CP venue – this includes during marriage and CP ceremonies
  • The registrar/celebrant will be exempt from the requirement to wear a face covering if they are able to remain 1 metre from others, or there is a screen/partition between them
  • Provided they maintain a 1 metre distance from others, or a screen/partition is present, the couple is also exempt from wearing a face covering throughout the marriage or civil partnership ceremony
  • Couples must still wear face coverings in any public areas prior to and following the ceremony
  • If one party is being accompanied down the aisle, the accompanying guest or guests are not required to wear a face covering for that part of the ceremony
  • Children under 12 will not be required to wear a face covering.