Scottish Benefits

Scottish Benefits

Social Security Scotland is an agency set up by the Scottish Government to administer a number of devolved benefits that are unique to Scotland.

Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods

The Best Start Grant is made up of 3 separate payments made between the 24th week of pregnancy and the child reaching primary school age. The Grant is available to people that are receiving certain benefits, e.g. Universal Credit, Tax Credits, Housing Benefit etc.

You may also be eligible for prepayment cards which are topped up every 4 weeks and which allow you to buy healthy foods in certain shops.

Funeral Support Payment

These payments help towards the cost of a funeral where the person applying is named on the funeral bill, is the closest relation to the person who has died and is receiving certain benefits e.g. Universal Credit, Housing Benefit, Pension Credit etc.

Carer’s Allowance Supplement

The supplement is paid to those who are receiving Carer’s Allowance and amounts to an extra £10 per week. It is payable in 2 lump sums during the year. There is no need to make a separate claim for the supplement.

Young Carer Grant

Young carers aged between 16-18 may be eligible for a £300 grant. To be entitled you must have been spending at least 16 hours per week caring for one or more people, for a 3 month period. The person(s) you are looking after must be receiving a certain rate of disability benefits.

Job Start Payment

Available to 16-24 year olds who have been on certain benefits for 6 months or more and is intended to help with the costs of starting a job.

Scottish Child Payment

Payments of £40 every 4 weeks that are available to parents, or carers, of children under the age of 6. The parents must be receiving one of the following: Universal Credit, Tax Credits, Income Support, Pension Credit, income related Employment & Support Allowance or income based Jobseekers Allowance.

Child Winter Heating Assistance

A payment of £200 to help families with a child on the highest rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance.

For further information about any of these benefits contact our Money Advice Officer, Stephen Lawson at or by phoning 0141 330 1487 or 07972178368. Information about these benefits can also be found at: