Social Security Scotland - devolved benefits

Social Security Scotland is the new service that has been created by the Scottish Government to deliver a number of benefits. These benefits will transfer from the UK Government to the Scottish Government in stages over the next four years. At the end of the transfer process they will be delivering benefits to provide additional support for people on low incomes, disabled people, carers, young people entering the workplace and to help people heat their homes.

Social Security Scotland’s head office is in Dundee with another major base in Glasgow. Once fully operational, will also provide a local presence across Scotland. They want their clients to be able to access our services as close to their homes as possibleand in a way that suits them. Social Security Scotland will put dignity, fairness and respect at the heart of everything they do. The Council want to help claimants in our area to access the support that they are entitled to receive by signposting people to the Social Security Agency in Scotland.

What is Happening Next

Following the introduction of the three Best Start Grants and the new Carer’s Allowance Supplement the Scottish Government has set out the following timetable for the delivery of the remaining devolved benefits:

WHEN

WHAT

AUTUMN 2019

Young Carer Grant

As soon as practicable

Job Start Payment

By end of this parliamentary term

(March 2021)

Scottish Child Payment (under 6’s)

SUMMER 2020

Disability Assistance for Children and Young People

SUMMER 2020

Eligibility for Disability Assistance for Children and Young People extended from age 16 to 18

BY END 2020

Children who receive the highest care component of Disability Assistance become entitled to Winter Heating Assistance

EARLY 2021

Disability Assistance for Working Age People

EARLY 2021

New additional payment for carer’s who look after more than one disabled child

2021

Disability Assistance for Older People (over 65)

WINTER 2021

Winter Heating Assistance  and Cold Spell Heating Assistance

EARLY 2022

Scottish Carer’s Allowance

AUTUMN 2022

Employment Injury Assistance

BY END OF 2022

Scottish Child Payment (all children under 16)

The first three new benefits will be delivered by the end of 2019.

Best Start Grants and Best Start Foods - available now - find out more on Best Start Foods here

A replacement of the UK Governments Healthy Start Voucher Scheme. Paper Vouchers will be replaced by a Payment Card giving eligible families more choice and flexibility to buy healthy food.

Funeral Support Payment - available from Monday 16th September 2019

Replaces the Funeral Expenses Payment and provides eligible low income families with a contribution towards the cost of a funeral.

Young Carer Grant - available from 21st October 2019

This grant will be awarded to young carers aged 16 to 18 who do at least 16 hours of caring per week but don’t qualify for Carer’s Allowance.

Scottish Child Payment

The Scottish Government has announced it will introduce a new benefit for low income families to reduce levels of child poverty in Scotland. The Scottish Child Payment will be made to children under the age of 6 before the end of this parliamentary term (March 2021) and to all eligible children aged under 16 by the end of 2022.

Low-income families in receipt of a qualifying benefit, with a child under 6 will be able to apply for £10 per child, per week – equivalent to £520 per year to assist with living costs. There are no limits to the number of eligible children supported by the Scottish Child Payment.

The qualifying benefits are:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Applications can be made from November 2020 with payments starting in February 2021.

Further information can be found on the Social Security Scotland website