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  • Can I get an Early Learning Payment?

    Applies to: Scotland You can get an Early Learning Payment if:You live in Scotland; andYou are receiving any of these benefits Universal Credit; or Child Tax Credit; or Working Tax Credit; or Income Support; or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA); or Income-related Em...

  • How do I claim a Best Start Grant?

    Applies to: Scotland You can claim a Best Start Grant online on the mygov.scot website. You can also make a claim over the phone on 0800 182 2222. If you are claiming a Pregnancy and Baby payment and an Early Learning Payment because you have children who are the right age fo...

  • Will I have to repay the overpayment?

    You will always have to repay overpayments under the Universal Credit system. It does not matter what caused the overpayment. You can ask the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to exercise their discretion not to recover the overpayment. They do not have to agree to do th...

  • How is an overpayment recovered?

    Making deductions from your benefit payments Taking it out of benefits that are owed to you, such as arrears Taking amounts directly out of your wages Getting a court order for debt recovery. If money is being deducted from your New Style Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), the ...

  • UK and Multiple Nation Wide Schemes

    Finding a job and employment adviceHelp to get into Work - Jobcentre Schemes  Flexible Support Fund (UK wide)Job Entry Targeted Support (England, Scotland, Wales)Contact Your Jobcentre Plus/Jobs and Benefits OfficeApprenticeshipsTax IssuesYoung peopleOlder peopleArmed Forces...

  • Energy Efficiency

    Support with efficiency improvements in your owned or rented home October 2021: This guide is currently under review and may be subject to updates in the near future.

  • What is Carer's Allowance?

    Carer's Allowance (CA) is money for people who spend at least 35 hours a week providing regular care to someone who has a disability. The person you care for must be getting a relevant benefit because of their disability, which in some cases has to be paid at a certain rate....

  • How much Carer's Allowance will I get?

    Carer's Allowance is money that you can spend as you want. The weekly rate is £67.60. Even if you don't receive a payment of Carer's Allowance due to overlapping benefit rules, entitlement to it allows you to get an extra amount, called 'Carer's Premium or Addition', as part ...

  • Hospital and benefits

    When you or someone in your family go into or come out of hospital, the benefits you get may change.

  • Can I get Scottish Child Bridging Payment?

    Scottish Child Bridging Payment is paid automatically to families in Scotland who get free school meals.  If your child is in primary 1-4, you might not have applied for free school meals because they get universal free school meals. To get the Scottish Child Bridging payment...