This page lists the benefits that we are currently delivering and how to find out more about eligibility.
To find out more about these benefits or to apply for them, please visit mygov.scot/benefits
People can find out about all the help that may be available to them on mygov.scot.
If you would like to find out more or apply for one of our benefits over the phone, you can do this by calling 0800 182 2222.
This information can be provided in alternative languages or formats by calling 0800 182 2222.
Text Relay Service:
18001 +0300 244 4000
(for the hard of hearing)
British Sign Language users: contactscotland-bsl.org/device-direct/
If English is not your first language and you would like an interpreter, please call 0800 182 2222 and we can arrange that for you.
You can also contact on of our client advisers on our web chat service at mygov.scot/contact-social-security-scotland
If you have already applied for a benefit and you’ve been asked to provide some evidence, you can do this at mygov.scot/uploading-your-document
The benefits that we deliver are:
- Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment – one off payment of up to £600 from 24 weeks in pregnancy up until a baby turns 6 months for families who get certain benefits.
- Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment – one off payment of £250 when a child is between two and three years and six months for families who get certain benefits.
- Best Start Grant School Age Payment – one off payment of £250 when a child would normally start primary one for families who get certain benefits.
- Best Start Foods – a pre-paid card from pregnancy up to when a child turns three for families on certain benefits to help buy healthy food.
- Carer’s Allowance Supplement – an automatic payment made twice a year to people who get Carer’s Allowance through the DWP on certain dates each year.
- Funeral Support Payment – money towards the costs of a funeral at a difficult time like this for people on certain benefits who are responsible for paying for a funeral.
- Job Start Payment – £250 for 16 to 24 year olds who have been on certain benefits for six months or more to help with the costs of starting a job.
- Young Carer Grant – an annual payment of more than £300 for people 16, 17 or 18 who care for people who get a disability benefit from the DWP for an average of 16 hours a week or more.
- Child Winter Heating Assistance - a new £200 payment to help families of a child on the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance for Children to heat their homes. Payments will begin on Friday 27 November and these are expected to be complete by Friday 11 December.
Scottish Child Payment opened early for applications from Monday 9 November 2020. We are taking applications ahead of its introduction on Monday 15 February 2021 to help manage the expected demand. The new benefit will give eligible families on low incomes with children under 6 an extra £10 per week for each child. It is planned to be fully rolled out to children under the age of 16 by the end of 2022.
The Department for Work and Pensions and local councils also deliver benefits in Scotland. You can find information on Department for Work and Pensions benefits at gov.uk/benefits and find your local council website at mygov.scot/find-your-local-council/
The Scottish Government is developing a number of other benefits that we will deliver. The latest information on these can be found at gov.scot/policies/social-security/