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  • 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...

  • How much Pregnancy and Baby Payment will I get?

    Applies to: Scotland If you are awarded a Pregnancy and Baby Payment and this is the first child in your household, you will get a grant of £600. If you are awarded a Pregnancy and Baby Payment and you already have one or more children, you will get a grant of £300. If you ha...

  • Can I get a Pregnancy and Baby Payment?

    Applies to: Scotland You can get a Pregnancy and Baby Payment even if you already have other children. You can get a Pregnancy and Baby Payment if:You live in Scotland; andYou are receiving any of these benefits Universal Credit; orChild Tax Credit; orWorking Tax Credit; or...

  • 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; orChild Tax Credit; orWorking Tax Credit; orIncome Support; orIncome-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA); orIncome-related Employme...

  • How much Early Learning Payment will I get?

    Applies to: Scotland If you are entitled to an Early Learning Payment, you will get £250 for each child you can get the payment for.

  • Can part-time students claim Universal Credit?

    If you are a part-time student, you can only claim Universal Credit if your course does not stop you from doing your work related activities. What your work related activities are will depend on your circumstances. If you are expected to look for work and be available for wor...

  • What are Universal Credit sanctions?

    When you claim Universal Credit, you will be set certain things you have to do in order to get your Universal Credit payments. This is called your Claimant Commitment or your Work Related Requirements.  What these are will depend on your circumstances.  If you don’t do someth...

  • Can I get any help during the sanction?

    If you have been sanctioned and are struggling to manage without your full Universal Credit payments, you can apply for a hardship payment. A hardship payment is a loan from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which you will have to pay back through deductions from yo...

  • What if I don't think I should have been sanctioned?

    If you do not think you should have been sanctioned, you should challenge the decision. There is a two-step process for challenging decisions. First, you will need to request mandatory reconsideration. You can do this through your journal or over the phone. You should explain...

  • How long will a Universal Credit sanction last?

    The length of the sanction depends on what you are expected to do to get your Universal Credit and what you did to get the sanction. If you fail to apply for a job or fail to accept a job that is offered to you or if you leave your job without a good reason, you may get a hig...