Scottish Child Payment – New Benefit!
The Scottish Child Payment is a new payment for families on Tax Credits or certain low-income benefits to help towards the costs of looking after a child. Successful claimants will receive £40 every four weeks for each child under six. Applications will open in November 2020, with payments being made from 2021.
Young Carers grant
The Young Carer Grant is a yearly payment of £305.10 from Social Security Scotland for young people aged 16 to 18 who provide care to someone for at least 16 hours a week on average and the person who is being cared for is getting a disability benefit. Persons qualifying can get a Young Carer Grant once a year, up until they turn 19. The applicant cannot be in receipt of Carers Allowance
Job Start Payment
The Job Start Payment is a one-off cash payment of £250, or the higher rate of £400 if you’re the main carer of any children. It is available to those aged between 16 & 24 who have been out of paid work for six months or more and have now been offered work averaging at least 12 hours per week. You must have been in receipt of a qualifying benefits for at least 6 months prior to a job offer. The qualifying benefits are:
- Jobseekers Allowance
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Universal credit
Self- isolation payment – New Grant!
The Self-Isolation Support Grant is a new grant of £500. It will be offered through the existing Scottish Welfare Fund, administered by Glasgow City Council.
To be eligible for the payment you must be self-isolating at home because:
- You tested positive for Coronavirus
- You have been told to by the Test and Protect Service
- You’re unable to work from home, and have lost income as a result of self-isolation
You must be in receipt of, or have been awarded but not yet received a payment of:
- Universal Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Income based Employment & Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit and / or
- Pension Credit