Family benefits and payments
Family benefits, payments and support you can get.
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.
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.
You could get Child Benefit if you're responsible for a child under 16 (or under 20 and in approved education and training).
Young Patients Family Fund
You could claim for the costs of food and travel if you're the parent, carer or sibling of a young inpatient getting hospital care.
You could get Guardian’s Allowance if you’re bringing up a child whose parents have died. You may also get it if there’s one surviving parent.
If you’re raising a disabled or seriously ill child on a low income, Family Fund might be able to help with a grant for essential items.
When one parent does not live with their child they must pay child maintenance even if they do not see them.
Parental Employability Support Fund
The fund can give support for parents facing barriers in their careers. Support could include help getting qualifications, improving skills and work experience.
Under 22s free bus pass
All young people under 22 can get a free bus pass.
Child Trust Fund
The Child Trust Fund is now closed. But someone born between 1 September 2002 and 2 January 2011 can still find their account.
Money Talk Team
If you’re struggling to make your money last, are worried about your bills or need help managing debt, the Money Talk Team Service can help. You can:
Go to the Money Talk Team website
Phone: 0800 028 1456.
Set up a meeting at your local Citizen Advice Scotland bureaux