Social Security Scotland

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Young carers are being encouraged to check if they are entitled to further awards as the Young Carer Grant marks it’s second anniversary. The Young Carer Grant is a £305.10 payment available on an annual basis for 16, 17 and 18-year-olds who spend an average of 16 hours a week caring for

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Social Security Scotland has taken a 20-year lease to become the first tenants at Dundee’s Waterfront regeneration project. Cabinet secretary for social security, Shirley Anne Somerville, said the site will be one of three locations that Social Security Scotland will operate from as it continu

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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. This is an increase of 14% in eligible children since the Scottish Government’s forecast in June 2019, accounting for the increa

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The Scottish Government is to actively inform families that they may be eligible for Best Start Foods and the Best Start Grant. Information obtained from DWP and HMRC will allow Social Security Scotland to identify people who are on certain benefits or tax credits and have children of the right age.

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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. The measures will look at how Social Security Scotland operates and delivers benefits, including how the agency treats clien

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A contract to design Scotland’s new social security assessments system has been awarded as figures revealed high satisfaction levels with the new service. The Deloitte contract, worth £2.3 million over two years, will focus on design of the assessment centre network across Scotland, incl

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The Scottish Government has done a good job of delivering its first set of devolved benefits but the real challenge is still to come, a new report has warned. Carers and new parents successfully received payments in 2018 and the country's new benefits agency, Social Security Scotland, was set up, bu

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The progress made in building Scotland’s new public service has been outlined today, a year since the Social Security (Scotland) Bill 2018 was passed in Parliament. Social security secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said that the £197 million in benefit payments made by the Scottish Gover

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A document which outlines the eight principles that will guide Scotland’s new social security system is to be considered for approval by the Scottish Parliament. Created by people with experience of the existing social security system, the newly-published ‘Our Charter’ outlines in

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Low income families and carers will benefit from four new benefits being introduced by Social Security Scotland this year. The four new payments will follow the successful launch last year of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement and Best Start Grant, Pregnancy and Baby Payment.

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Assessments for disability support will be carried out by Social Security Scotland, fully supported by public sector healthcare professionals, the Scottish Government has announced. The move, which ensures there is no private sector involvement in the process, is also set to provide people with grea

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