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  • Scottish Welfare Fund

    The Scottish Welfare Fund is made up of two types of grants which do not have to be repaid - Crisis Grants and Community Care Grants. Crisis Grants are intended to provide a safety net in an emergency when there is an immediate threat to health and safety. Community Care...

  • Self employment and benefits

    If you or your partner are working, or thinking of starting work, as a self employed person you might qualify for welfare benefits to top up your income.The benefits you are entitled to will depend on a number of things, including your age, the number of hours you work and how...

  • Budgeting Loan/Advance

    A Budgeting Loan is extra money on top of your benefits to help pay for certain essentials. You have to pay back a Budgeting Loan. A Budgeting Advance is an extra amount of Universal Credit to help you pay for certain expenses. You have to pay back a Budgeting Advance.

  • Shared Parental Leave and Pay

    Shared Parental Leave was introduced together with Statutory Shared Parental Pay on 5 April 2015 as part of the Government’s policy package aimed at encouraging shared parenting from the earliest stages of pregnancy and adoption.

  • Statutory Adoption Pay

    If you adopt a child you may qualify for Statutory Adoption Pay during your adoption leave from work.

  • Statutory Maternity Pay

    Statutory Maternity Pay is a weekly payment for women who are on maternity leave from work.

  • Statutory Paternity Pay

    If you are a working father, or the partner of a woman having a child (including a same-sex partner), you may be able to get Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP).

  • Statutory Sick Pay

    Statutory Sick Pay is money paid to you by your employer if you are sick and unable to work.

  • Student Support

    Students in universities and colleges of higher education may be able to get help with tuition fees, the costs of their course and their living expenses by getting student support in the form of student grants (including bursaries) or loans from the Government.

  • Support for Mortgage Interest Loan

    Support for Mortgage Interest Loan is help towards paying the interest payments on your mortgage or other loans for home purchase, repairs and home improvements. This help is in the form of a loan.