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Doubling the Scottish Child Payment
21st December 2021

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that the Scottish Child Payment will be doubled to £20 per week per child from April 2022. There are more than 106,000 children aged under 6 currently living in households that receive payments. The payment…

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Adult Disability Payment

The Scottish Government’s next benefit, Adult Disability Payment, will open for new applications in pilot areas from 21 March 2022.Adults of working age with a disability or health condition, who are not already in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)…

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Help with Smoke & Heat Alarms
9th November 2021

D&G HandyVan are based in Lockerbie but cover the whole of the Dumfries and Galloway region and are funded to provide the Small Repair and Home Support Service. The Scottish Government has announced new Smoke and Heat Alarm Legislation coming…

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Carers Allowance Supplement Increase
25th October 2021

The Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill has been unanimously approved by Scottish Parliament. It means that if you get Carer’s Allowance then you will receive a double payment of £462.80 this winter. Find out more here.

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Warm Home Discount Scheme
8th September 2021

The Warm Home Discount Scheme has opened with Scottish Power, British Gas, EDF and E.on.Keep an eye out on your supplier’s website and socials to see if and when their scheme opens.

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£20 Universal Credit Uplift

In response to the pandemic, an extra £20 per week was added on to Universal Credit payments. However, this officially ended on the 6th October 2021. For information and advice about Universal Credit contact us on 0300 303 4321 or…

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Best Start Foods Increase

Best Start Foods payments have increased this month to help boost family incomes. Best Start Foods supports families on low incomes to buy healthy food for children under three. Payments are made every four weeks on a pre-paid card to…

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Job Start Payment
5th July 2021

Young people aged between 16-24 years old are being urged to apply for the Job Start Payment if they are starting a new job after a period of unemployment. Eligible 16-24 year olds, who have been on certain benefits for…

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Civil Partnership News

The Scottish Parliament passed a new law which will make civil partnership available to mixed sex couples from 30 June 2021.You must give notice to the registrar at least 29 days before the date you’d like to enter your civil…

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Struggling to pay your household bills?
13th January 2021

Overwhelmed with money worries? Check if you could be paying less on your bills or if you’re missing out on extra income. Our money map tool has done all the hard work for you by pulling together online sources to…

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Coronavirus - getting benefits if you’re self-isolating

If you can’t work because you’re self-isolating, you might be able to get: a self-isolation support grant from your local councilStatutory Sick Pay (SSP) from your employerEmployment and Support Allowance (ESA) from the government You can’t get SSP and ESA…

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Check if your redundancy is fair
9th November 2020

You might be told you’re at risk of redundancy if your employer has one or more jobs they can’t afford or no longer need. Your employer has a lot of freedom to choose who they make redundant, but there are…

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Check if you can get a free TV licence
19th August 2020

You might be able to get a free TV licence if someone in your household gets Pension Credit. To get the discount, both of the following must apply to the licence holder: they’re 75 years or olderthey get Pension Credit…

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