Social Security Scotland



56,000 parents apply for Scottish Child Payment

Parents across Scotland have been applying early for the new Scottish Child Payment that will open on Monday 15 February.

Published 8 January 2021

More £2.5m in payments made under Child Winter Heating Assistance fund

Thousands of families of disabled children in Scotland have received an additional £200 to help heat their homes this winter.

Published 18 December 2020

Social Security Scotland reports on its first full financial year

The Scottish Government has provided people who need it with over £540 million in payments since launch in September 2018 up to 31 March 2020, according to a financial report from Social Security Scotland.

Published 2 December 2020

Scottish funeral support payment received by almost 6,000 people this year

Almost 6,000 people received a Funeral Support Payment from the Scottish Government in its first full year, according to new statistics.

Published 25 November 2020

Child Disability Payment to be introduced next summer

Child Disability Payment will be the next new benefit to be introduced by the Scottish Government.

Published 18 November 2020

Applications to open early for Scottish Child Payment

The new Scottish Child Payment is to open early for applications from Monday November 9.

Published 4 November 2020

Child Winter Heating Assistance payments to start

Families of disabled children will receive a new heating benefit from the Scottish Government by Christmas.

Published 27 October 2020

Benefit for young carers in Scotland enters second year

Young carers are being encouraged to check if they are entitled to further awards as the Young Carer Grant marks it’s second anniversary.

Published 21 October 2020

Social Security Scotland signs 20-year lease at Dundee Waterfront building

Social Security Scotland has taken a 20-year lease to become the first tenants at Dundee’s Waterfront regeneration project.

Published 17 September 2020

Scottish Child Payment could support up to 194,000 children

The latest figures from the Scottish Fiscal Commission estimate that 194,000 children aged under six in Scotland will be eligible for the new Scottish Child Payment.

Published 9 September 2020

Scottish families to be alerted to additional financial support

The Scottish Government is to actively inform families that they may be eligible for Best Start Foods and the Best Start Grant.

Published 30 July 2020

Coronavirus delays roll-out of devolved benefits

Devolved benefits due to be rolled-out later this year have been delayed due to the impact of coronavirus on Scotland’s social security services.

Published 2 April 2020

Monitoring to assess social security system improvements

The Scottish Government’s move towards a social security system that “works for all who use it” is to be monitored with the introduction of new measurements.

Published 18 October 2019

Disability benefits applications made easier in Scotland

People with disabilities will have more choice in how they apply for benefits when the Scottish Government takes responsibility for Disability Assistance next year. 

Published 14 August 2019

People with lived experience sought to help shape Scotland’s social security system

Volunteers are being asked to shape Scotland’s new, fairer social security system.

Published 5 July 2019