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Benefits and payments

Information about benefits, payments or support with work.

Cost of Living Payments 2023 to 2024

You could get a payment due in autumn 2023 if you get tax credits, low income or disability benefits or if you're a a pensioner.

Read more about Cost of Living Payments

Scottish Child Payment

If you're on a low income, you could get a weekly payment of £25 for every child you look after under 16 years old.

Check if you can get Scottish Child Payment

Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods

You could get payments from Social Security Scotland to help towards the costs of being pregnant or looking after a child.

Check if you can get Best Start Grant or Best Start Foods

Universal Credit

You could get Universal Credit if you're on a low income, out of work or cannot work.

Check if you can get Universal Credit

Pension Credit

You could get Pension Credit if you're over State Pension age and on a low income.

Check if you can get Pension Credit

Carer's Allowance

You could get £69.70 a week if you care for someone at least 35 hours a week and they get certain benefits.

Check if you can get Carer's Allowance

Carer's Allowance Supplement 

Carer's Allowance Supplement is an extra payment to help carers in Scotland who get Carer's Allowance.

Check if you can get Carer's Allowance Supplement

Scottish Welfare Fund

You could get a Crisis Grant if you need financial help in an emergency or a Community Care Grant if you need help living in your community.

Check if you can get a grant from the Scottish Welfare Fund

Funeral Support Payment

Funeral Support Payment can help pay for funeral costs. It will not usually cover the full cost of a funeral but can help towards it.

Check who could get Funeral Support Payment

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