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  • Carers urged to check they are not missing out on benefits

    Created: 28/01/2023

    People are being encouraged to check they are not missing out on money and to find out if they could be eligible for any of the 12 benefits administered by Social Security Scotland. Seven of these are only available in Scotland.

    The benefits which have been introduced over the past four years are available to people on low incomes responsible for children under 16, for people who need help paying for a funeral, disabled people, carers, young people entering the workplace, and to help heat homes.

    Four of these payments are made automatically to people who get other qualifying benefits. To make sure people are maximising their income they should also check what benefits they could be entitled to from the Department of Work and Pensions.

    Payments made automatically include Carer’s Allowance Supplement and Child Winter Heating Payment as well as Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment and Best Start Grant School Age Payment for those in receipt of Scottish Child Payment.
    In addition, the new Winter Heating Payment will be paid automatically to an expected 400,000 people across Scotland when it is introduced in February.  

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