• 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.


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


  • Housing assistance


    Housing assistance will be a new Scottish benefit. It will be paid to people who get universal credit and who need extra help with rent in very specific circumstances.


    June 2018      Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018

    Sets out framework rules for housing assistance

    To follow         Consultation on regulations

    Overview of housing assistance

    When it's introduced, you could get housing assistance in two specific circumstances:

  • Carer's assistance


    Carer’s allowance will transfer to the Scottish Government. Before then, you’ll be paid an extra carer’s allowance supplement if you get carer’s allowance and live in Scotland. When it transfers, you’ll continue to get carer’s allowance but it will be paid by Social Security Scotland, the new agency to deliver Scottish benefits. Later, the Scottish Government plans to make changes to eligibility rules as it develops the new carer’s assistance.

    For young carers who can't get carer's allowance, there will be a new Scottish benefit.

  • Disability assistance


    Personal independence payment, disability living allowance and attendance allowance will transfer to the Scottish Government. When they transfer, you'll continue to get benefit but if you live in Scotland it will be paid by Social Security Scotland, the new agency to deliver Scottish benefits. The Scottish Government plans to make changes to how these benefits operate as it develops the new disability assistance.


    June 2018       Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018

  • New social security powers in Scotland

    Issue 251 (April 2016)

    Judith Paterson looks at proposals to use new social security powers in Scotland.

  • Initial thoughts on devolution

    October 2014

    Further devolution in Scotland should be underpinned by clear strategic objectives and principles. The merits of any settlement should be judged on the extent to which they provide a realistic opportunity to reduce child poverty and wider socio-economic inequality.

  • A welfare reform early warning system

    Issue 240 (June 2014)

    Kirsty McKechnie, welfare rights worker at CPAG in Scotland, describes CPAG in Scotland’s welfare reform monitoring system.

  • Child poverty campaigners say Ministers have “no time to lose” in acting on Commission’s child poverty advice

    February 26, 2018
    press release
    “Investment in social security needed if targets are to be met” says independent Commission

    Responding to today’s publication of independent advice on child poverty from the Poverty and Inequality Commission’s (26/02/18) John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said:

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  • Cost of the School Day research published

    October 2, 2015
    press release

    Children and young people from low income families in Glasgow can find that costs across the school day act as a barrier to their participation at school. This can make pupils feel excluded and in some cases, may have a direct result on their ability to achieve, research has found.

    The research findings from a unique, year-long pilot project in Glasgow looking at the impact of poverty on the lives of children and young people and their access to an education will be published on Friday 2 October.

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