Receiving benefits has, until now, given people an entitlement to other ‘passported benefits’ controlled by the Scottish Government, such as free school meals and legal aid.
However, now that so many people both in and out of work will be entitled to Universal Credit, the Scottish Government is having to think of new ways to decide who is most in need.
New rules about who is eligible for these benefits have been in place since April 2013.
The ‘passported benefits’ the Scottish Government is responsible for are:
- Legal aid
- Free school lunches
- Free NHS dental treatment
- NHS patient travel costs
- NHS optical vouchers
- Individual Learning Accounts
- Education Maintenance Allowance
- Court exemption fees
- Blue Badge parking permits
- Concessionary bus travel (for people of working age)
- Student loans for Higher Education (exemption from repayment)
To find out more about these benefits and who is eligible, go to http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/People/welfarereform/passportedbenefits/aboutpassportedbenefits (external website)