Social Security Scotland – West Lothian update

15 September 2021

School Age Payment

There is still time for parents and carers to apply for School Age Payment. The local delivery team are encouraging eligible families with children aged four and five to apply for the one-off £252.50 payment before applications close on 28 February 2022.

If your child was born between 1 March 2016 and 29 Feb 2017, you are eligible for a Best Start Grant School Age Payment.

Best Start Foods – payments increase

Best Start Foods payments have increased to help boost family incomes. Best Start Foods supports families on low incomes to buy healthy food for children under three.

Payments are made every four weeks on a pre-paid card to buy healthy food like eggs, milk, fruit, vegetables and pulses. The amount you get on your prepaid card will change depending on the age of your child. The payment is increasing to £18 from £17 during pregnancy and for any children between one and three years old. It’s also increasing to £36 from £34 for children under one.

Social Security Support

The Scottish fiscal commission’s latest report details the amount of money to be invested in the people of Scotland by Social Security Scotland.

£5.2 billion to be invested in social security support – gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

High Level Statistics

The latest high level information on Funeral Support Payment, Carer’s Allowance Supplement and Job Start Payment are now available on Scottish Government website.

Local Delivery updates

Our Local Delivery service, which provides face-to-face support to clients, is now available for people living in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and the Western Isles.

The new service coincides with the launch of our Child Disability Payment and is operating in the three pilot areas before being rolled out across the country, including West Lothian, East Lothian and Midlothian later this year.

The local Client Support Advisers will be able to answer any queries about our benefits, help to complete paper or online applications forms, offer other support such as identity and document verification and help with submitting a change of circumstances information.

Face-to-face support will be appointment only and will take place:

  • from venues in local communities
  • in people’s homes
  • in hospitals and prisons
  • via video call
  • telephone appointments will also be available

Over the coming months, the local delivery team will be putting the final preparations in place to launch this service across the Lothians. If you would like to find out more about our local service provision, see an opportunity for partnership work to promote the new benefits to your clients or would like to know more about the benefits available, please get in touch with Gillian Dunnigan at Gillian.Dunnigan@socialsecurity.gov.scot

Child Disability Payment resources now available

Child Disability Payment will provide extra money to help with the costs of caring for a child with a disability or ill-health condition. Child Disability Payment will replace Disability Living Allowance for children in Scotland, which is currently delivered by the UK Government’s Department for Work and Pensions.

Ahead of the national launch of Child Disability Payment, there are a number of new resources available on the Social Security Scotland website. These include social media images, text that you can use in your newsletters and leaflets.


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