Social Security Scotland



New benefit take-up strategy published

A new benefit take-up strategy has been unveiled by the Scottish Government that outlines plans to make sure that nobody misses out on financial support due to a lack of awareness or barriers to applying.

Published 25 October 2021

2,000 new jobs for Social Security Scotland and new disability advocacy service launched

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that more than 2,000 jobs will be created with Social Security Scotland over the next 12 months.

Published 30 September 2021

Local benefits delivery service opens

People who live in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and the Western Isles are the first to access new face-to-face support when applying for Scottish benefits ahead of a full rollout later this year.

Published 13 August 2021

MPs praise devolution of welfare but good working relationship between governments is 'crucial'

The UK Parliament’s Scottish Affairs Committee has published its report into welfare policy in Scotland in which MPs have called on the UK Government and Scottish Government to improve information sharing to implement policy and to work together to improve benefit take-up.

Published 25 June 2021

Child Disability Payment pilot date announced

The new Child Disability Payment will be open in pilot areas for applications from 26 July 2021.

Published 22 March 2021

Social Security Scotland among employers to back Young Person’s Guarantee

ScotRail, ScottishPower, Scottish Water, Morgan Stanley, BAE Systems and Social Security Scotland are among the latest employers to sign up to the Young Person’s Guarantee – increasing opportunities for every 16-24 year old in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 8 March 2021

New Scottish Child Payment starts

More than 77,000 Scottish Child Payment applications have been received since Social Security Scotland started taking applications on November 9.

Published 15 February 2021

56,000 parents apply for Scottish Child Payment

Parents across Scotland have been applying early for the new Scottish Child Payment that will open on Monday 15 February.

Published 8 January 2021

More £2.5m in payments made under Child Winter Heating Assistance fund

Thousands of families of disabled children in Scotland have received an additional £200 to help heat their homes this winter.

Published 18 December 2020

Social Security Scotland reports on its first full financial year

The Scottish Government has provided people who need it with over £540 million in payments since launch in September 2018 up to 31 March 2020, according to a financial report from Social Security Scotland.

Published 2 December 2020

Scottish funeral support payment received by almost 6,000 people this year

Almost 6,000 people received a Funeral Support Payment from the Scottish Government in its first full year, according to new statistics.

Published 25 November 2020

Child Disability Payment to be introduced next summer

Child Disability Payment will be the next new benefit to be introduced by the Scottish Government.

Published 18 November 2020

Applications to open early for Scottish Child Payment

The new Scottish Child Payment is to open early for applications from Monday November 9.

Published 4 November 2020

Child Winter Heating Assistance payments to start

Families of disabled children will receive a new heating benefit from the Scottish Government by Christmas.

Published 27 October 2020

Benefit for young carers in Scotland enters second year

Young carers are being encouraged to check if they are entitled to further awards as the Young Carer Grant marks it’s second anniversary.

Published 21 October 2020