• Universal credit and kinship carers


    This factsheet explains how universal credit affects kinship carers.

    This factsheet is only relevant to Scotland.

  • Scottish benefits


    Some benefits are already different in Scotland and some are transferring from the UK to Scotland. The Scottish Government sets the rules for these benefits and a new agency called Social Security Scotland has been created to deliver these benefits. There are still many benefits which are UK-wide and which people in Scotland are able to claim.

  • Universal credit



    Universal credit is the biggest change to our social security system in over sixty years. It will eventually replace many of the current benefits and tax credits for people of working age. With the national roll-out underway, increasing numbers of people can claim universal credit including families with children, those with health conditions and those in work.

    The map below shows when universal credit full service is due in your area.

  • Legislation


    The Scottish Government is introducing new legislation to underpin the new Scottish social security system.


    March 2016          Scotland Act 2016

    June 2018            Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 

  • The Social Security Act (Scotland) 2018

    Issue 264 (June 2018)

    Kirsty McKechnie describes the provisions in the first legislation passed establishing the Scottish social security system.

  • Council tax reduction


    Council tax reduction reduces the amount of council tax you have to pay if you have a low income. 

    There are other ways to pay less council tax. Check your local authority's council tax discount scheme if you live alone, or someone in the household is a young person, a student or trainee, has a severe mental impairment or is a live-in carer. Check the disability reduction scheme if someone with a disabilty in your household uses an extra room or has space to use a wheelchair.

  • Discretionary housing payments - more information


    The law is in the Discretionary Financial Assistance Regulations 2001.

    Decision makers in local authorities also use the Discretionary Housing Payments Guidance Manual to help them make decisions on DHP applications.

  • Policy on Scottish benefits

    CPAG in Scotland policy on Scottish benefits

    More content wil be added here when available. For more general CPAG in Scotland policy, see our 'Briefings and consultation responses'.

    Scottish Government policy on social security

    Social security policy

    Social Security (Scotland) Bill Policy Memorandum


    Rights-based approach

  • Scottish social security


    Guide to the new Scottish social security system

    Some social security benefits are changing in Scotland. Use this guide to find out what is changing and when.

    Scottish benefits

    Find out which benefits are different in Scotland, and who can get them.

    Policy on Scottish benefits

    Find out more about policy on Scottish benefits.

  • Winter heating assistance


    Winter heating assistance will replace the current UK-wide Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments in Scotland.


    June 2018      Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018.

    The Act makes provision for cold spell and winter heating assistance regulations

    By 2021          Winter heating assistance available from Social Security Scotland.