Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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The latest news from Social Security Scotland

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Extra payment to help carers during coronavirus

3 June 2020

In recognition of the additional pressure that unpaid carers are under at this time, the Scottish Government will be making a Coronavirus Ca...

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Parents encouraged to apply for Best Start Grant School Age Payment

1 June 2020

We are encouraging eligible parents of children aged four and five to apply for School Age Payment. The one-off £250 payment is currently op...

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A further way for our clients to contact us

6 May 2020

Since the outbreak of coronavirus we have been working in different ways to help efforts to slow the spread, whilst continuing to support ou...

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Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods pay out £26.6 million since launch

5 May 2020

New figures have been published on Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods. In total, we paid £26.6 million to clients up to 31 March 2020. Th...

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Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment celebrates its first birthday!

29 April 2020

We are marking the first anniversary of our Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment. From the payment launch in April 2019 to December 2019,...

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Financial help for funerals

20 April 2020

If you have recently arranged a funeral and are now in receipt of a low-income benefit due to COVID-19, you could be entitled to money to he...