Welfare

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Pensioners in five Scottish local authorities will be the first in the country eligible for a new disability benefit, subject to parliamentary approval of regulations. From 21 October, Pension Age Disability Payment – the replacement for Attendance Allowance - will be piloted in Argyll & B

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All disabled children and young people in Scotland who receive disability benefits will now be paid directly from Social Security Scotland. Those children and young people who receive Child Disability Payment will also benefit from a review system different to that of the wider UK, one based on dign

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More than £90 million will be allocated to local authorities in 2024-25 to support eligible households at risk of hardship after the Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) scheme came under full Scottish Government control from 1 April 2024.

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Scottish Government spending on social security could deliver a £300 million boost to Scotland’s economy over the short term, according to new analysis. Figures published by chief economist Gary Gillespie also show that long-term investment in labour market and social security policies c

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Just 8.5% of private rental homes are likely to be affordable to Universal Credit claimants, despite increases to the amount of housing benefit they can access from next month. Local Housing Allowance will increase from 1 April for the first time since April 2020. Yet Savills research has found the

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Plans have been unveiled for a new Scottish benefit to provide continued support to around 66,000 adults with a disability or long-term health condition. Under new proposals, eligible people who receive Disability Living Allowance through the UK Government’s Department for Work and Pensions wo

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The Scottish Child Payment was helping the families of more than 327,000 children at the end of December last year, official statistics have shown. The £25-a-week payment helps families as part of a wider package of Scottish Government actions to tackle child poverty and support people during

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Housing minister Paul McLennan has urged the UK Government to commit to linking Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates to rents in future years to protect private renters on low incomes. Speaking ahead of the forthcoming UK Budget, the minister also said the Treasury should reverse the forecast 10% rea

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Anti-poverty charity the Trussell Trust has urged Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to take urgent action to increase long-term support for people struggling to get by on Universal Credit after it published new research that reveals the devastating consequences of the inadequacy of Universal Credit

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People who receive Universal Credit, tax credits and certain benefits and are responsible for paying for a funeral are being urged to apply for help from the Funeral Support Payment. The Funeral Support Payment provides eligible people with financial support to help pay for a partner, child, pa

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The threshold from which parents start to pay back child benefit should be increased to help support families through the cost-of-living crisis, the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) has said.

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More than 43,000 payments have been paid automatically to help parents and carers with the cost of living and starting school, latest official figures show. The introduction of automatic payments means that tens of thousands of people getting Scottish Child Payment have been awarded Best Start Grant

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