Social Security Scotland

Social Security Scotland is an Executive Agency of the Scottish Government and is responsible for delivering a number of devolved benefits.


If you're not sure what help you can get, find out what benefits you can claim or where you can get further support here.



Carer’s Allowance Supplement


Carer's Allowance Supplement is an extra payment for people in Scotland who get Carer's Allowance on a particular date. To get Carer's Allowance Supplement you must:

  • live in Scotland on a particular date; and/or

  • be getting Carer's Allowance payments on a particular date.

The person you care for does not have to live in Scotland.

Each Carer's Allowance Supplement payment in 2019 is £226.20. You do not have to apply for Carer's Allowance Supplement. You'll get 2 payments a year if you qualify.

Apply online



Best Start Grant


Best Start Grant is 3 cash payments that you can apply for if you're a parent or carer.

You can get these payments:

  • if you have a child who's the right age for a payment; and
  • whether you're in work or not, as long as you're on certain payments or tax credits.


The Best Start Grant offers three one-off cash payments:

  1. Pregnancy & Baby Payment

You can apply for the Pregnancy and Baby Payment from 24 weeks pregnant up to the day your baby is 6 months old. This goes up to 1 year old if you've taken over looking after a child, such as if you've adopted.

You can apply for a child whether they're your first child or not. Payments are £600 for your first child, and £300 for any child that comes after your first.

Apply online


  1. Early Learning Payment

You can apply from your child's second birthday up to the day your child is 3 years 6 months old.

If you can get the Early Learning Payment, you'll be paid £250 for each child you can get the payment for.

Apply online


  1. School Age Payment

You can apply for the School Age Payment in the year your child should be starting school.

Exact dates when you must apply depend on when your child was born. See the full criteria here.

If you get the School Age Payment, you'll get £250 for each child you can get the payment for.

Apply online



You may also be interested in Free School Meals and Clothing Grants. Click here to find out more and apply.



Best Start Foods

Best Start Foods is a card payment which allows you to buy food in shops or online.  
You can apply for Best Start Foods when you're pregnant, or any time up to your child turning 3 years old. This goes up to 4 years old for a child who's over 2 years old when you apply or that you also get Healthy Start Vouchers for.
Payments of Best Start Foods are:
  • £17 every 4 weeks during pregnancy
  • £34 every 4 weeks from your child being born up until they're a 1 year old
  • £17 every 4 weeks between the ages of 1 and 3
The new Best Start Food payment replaces the UK Government’s Healthy Start Vouchers in Scotland. Existing Healthy Start Voucher recipients will be contacted to apply in a phased introduction of the Best Start Food payment card. Letters inviting Healthy Start participants to apply to Best Start Foods will be included with their Healthy Start vouchers during the phased transition period, expected to take place from August 2019. All recipients are expected to transition by March 2020. In the meantime recipients should continue to use their Healthy Start Vouchers as usual.
Check your eligibility and apply online



Future Benefits (currently in development)


The Scottish Government is developing several other benefits which will have a phased launched.

Applications for Funeral Support Payment, Young Carers Grant and Jobs Grant will be available later in 2019. Information on these benefits will become available on Fife Direct nearer their launch.





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