Scotland

  • Universal credit Scottish choices


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    With Scottish choices, you can ask for universal credit to paid twice a month and for the amount in universal credit for rent to be paid direct to your landlord.

  • A Best Start in Scotland

    Issue 268 (February 2019)
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    Mark Willis describes the new maternity grant in Scotland.

  • Universal credit


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    ARE YOU READY TO MEET THE CHALLENGE OF 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 now complete, increasing numbers of people can claim universal credit including families with children, those with health conditions and those in work.

     

  • Universal credit and kinship carers


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    This factsheet explains how universal credit affects kinship carers.

    This factsheet is only relevant to Scotland.

  • Scottish benefits


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    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.

  • Legislation


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

    Timeline

    March 2016          Scotland Act 2016

    June 2018            Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 

  • The Social Security Act (Scotland) 2018

    Issue 264 (June 2018)
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    Kirsty McKechnie describes the provisions in the first legislation passed establishing the Scottish social security system.

  • Council tax reduction


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    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


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    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.

  • Scottish social security


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    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.

    Legislation

    Find out more about the legal rules for Scottish social security benefits.