If you are a parent, guardian, or young carer living in Scotland, there are several benefits, grants, and other means of support that you may be eligible for.                                            

There are several child benefit support options available for eligible Scottish citizens, which can help.

The Scottish Child Payment

If you are a parent or guardian, the Scottish Child Payment (SCP) can Help. If you apply for this benefit and are successful, you will receive a weekly payment of £10 for every child in your care under the age of six. This is paid every 4 weeks

These payments can be used to cover the costs of: 

  • Essentials, like nappies, hygiene products, food
  • Childcare
  • Travel costs
  • Family activities and days out 

If you make a successful claim for the Scottish Child Payment benefit, any other outstanding UK, or Scottish Government benefits which you, or anyone else in your household, receive will not be affected.

The Scottish Child Payment scheme currently operates on a one-payment-per-child basis. If more than one person applies for the same child, Social Security Scotland will decide which of the applicants receive payment.

If you are thinking of applying for Scottish Child Payment but are unsure whether you are eligible for the scheme, Social Security Scotland lists the following as suitable circumstances in which to apply for the program: 

  • You live in Scotland
  • You or your partner currently already receive certain benefits/payments*
  • You or your partner are the main guardian for a child under the age of six 

*The benefits which you or your partner already receive can include Universal Credit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income Support, Pension Credit, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, and Income-related Employment and Support Allowance. If you do not receive any of these benefits, but have applied for at least one of them, you can still apply for the Scottish Child Payment scheme.

Other Benefits – Best Start Grants / Payments

Alongside the Scottish Child Payment, there may be other benefits which you may be eligible for. These include the Best Start Grant, and Best Start Foods.

The Best Start Grant consists of three cash payments, each of which is only payable once per child. The three main forms of Best Start Grant include the Pregnancy and Baby Payment, Early Learning Payment, and School Age Payment. 

Best Start Foods is not a cash payment, but instead provides a pre-paid card which can be used to buy healthy foods, in store and online.

If you are a parent or guardian, you can apply for the Best Start Foods programme from the time when you or your partner is pregnant, up until the time that your child turns three.

Support for Young Carers

If you are a young carer living in Scotland, you may be eligible to apply for support from the Scottish Government. Specifically, the Young Carer Grant provides a yearly payment to young people who provide care for another individual, at a flat rate of £305.10 (paid once per year). If you are successful in applying for this grant, there are no restrictions on what you can spend the payment on.  

There are a few different ways for applicants to apply for the Young Carer Grant. This includes:

  • Online
  • Filling in a physical paper form
  • Telephone

Online applicants can apply via the mygov.scot website, where the application must be completed in one single sitting. Applicants will not be able to apply online if they do not have a bank account (and need to be paid using another method), or if they are an appointee.

If you prefer to complete a physical form, paper applications are also accessible via the mygov.scot website, or can be requested over the phone on 0800 182 2222. 

Forms can be requested in alternative formats and languages.

To apply by telephone, applicants can contact the agency for free on 0800 182 2222;

If you have contacted the agency, an advisor should inform you of the personal details which you will need to provide to complete your application, alongside the eligible criteria for the benefit. You will be given the opportunity to call back when you have the relevant information on hand and are ready to complete your telephone application. 

For a Young Carer Grant to be processed, applications must include the details of the young carer/applicant, as well as the details of at least one cared-for individual. If any of these details are missing from an application, Social Security Scotland should contact the applicant to resolve this and enable the application to be processed correctly.                                                                        -

If you are responsible for the care or wellbeing of another individual or child, there are resources available which may be able to provide some extra support to help mitigate the responsibility of maintaining a family or household under coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Advice Direct Scotland have developed a new benefits calculator, which can advise of your entitlement to all UK and Scottish devolved benefits.

You can access the calculator HERE

If you need any Assistance with your Welfare Rights, you can contact the CFINE SAFE team on 01224 531386 or at [email protected] You can also ask for assistance by clicking the link below:

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