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 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


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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.

  • Frequently asked questions


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    Bedroom tax
    Has the Scottish Government abolished the bedroom tax?

    No. The Scottish Government has committed to paying discretionary housing payments (DHPs) to anyone whose housing benefit or universal credit is reduced by the bedroom tax.

    The Scottish Government are planning to stop the bedroom tax being taken off universal credit, but this isn’t expected to happen until 2020 because of changes needed to the universal credit IT 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.

  • Policy on Scottish benefits


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    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 benefits


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    Some social security benefits are transferring from the UK to the Scottish Government. A new Scottish social security system is being set up to start providing these benefits to people living in Scotland. Scottish benefits are being introduced gradually between 2017 and 2021.

  • Scottish social security


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    Guide to the new Scottish social security system

    This is a new resource where you can find out the latest information on how the social security system in Scotland is changing. There will be lots more practical tools added over time to help you provide the best advice and information to clients.

    Scottish benefits

    Information about which benefits are in the Scottish system and when each will be introduced.

  • Winter heating assistance


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

    Timeline

    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.