Social Security

  • Best Start Grant set to replace the Sure Start Maternity Grant

    28th April 2017 by

    The Scottish Government will become responsible the Sure Start Maternity Grant, currently administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).  The Sure Start Maternity Grant is a one-off payment of £500 to help towards the costs of having your first child and available to recipients, or partners of recipients on a qualifying benefit. If...

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  • Industrial injuries. Are you thinking coal mines and factories, farms and quarries?

    26th April 2017 by

    Guest blog from the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) The Scottish Government will become responsible for the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits (IIDB) currently taken care of by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Individuals may have applied for, or been awarded these benefits for disablement because of an accident at work, or because of one of...

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  • Welcoming an inclusive approach

    26th April 2017 by

    Guest post from Circle, a Scottish charity which works at the heart of deprived communities across central Scotland Circle works across central Scotland with families who face poverty and adversity. Circle’s vision is for all children to be safe, happy, healthy and nurtured within a stable family environment which supports them to achieve their potential....

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  • Shaping the new Scottish social security system in South Lanarkshire

    26th April 2017 by

    Guest post from Kay McIntosh, Tackling Poverty Team Manager, South Lanarkshire Council In South Lanarkshire, our Council and partners have a strong commitment to tackle poverty and local inequalities which includes taking action to maximise household incomes. We know there are families out there, some of whom are struggling to get by, who are not...

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  • Have Your Say. There’s still time to join the Experience Panels and help us shape the new Scottish social security system

    25th April 2017 by

    With over 1,500 people registered to take part in the Experience Panels, we’re well on our way to our target of involving over 2,000 in shaping our new social security system. We want as many people as possible to register. With three weeks until recruitment closes on the 12th May, there’s still time to get...

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  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

    24th April 2017 by

    The Scottish Government will become responsible for the Industrial Injuries Scheme Benefits currently taken care of by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Individuals may have applied for, or been awarded these benefits for disablement because of an accident at work, or because of one of over 70 prescribed diseases known to be a...

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  • Industrial Injury Disability Benefit for the 21st Century

    24th April 2017 by

    Guest Post from Ian Tasker, Assistant Secretary, STUC Statistics on Industrial Injury Disability Benefit (IIBD) depict a system that is unequal; not only in failing to give consideration to the injuries and health conditions caused by the modern workplace in deciding who gets financial support, but crucially failing to address the increase in participation of...

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  • Ill Health and Disability Benefit in the Spotlight

    5th April 2017 by

    We are now into week five of our recruitment drive for the Experience Panels and more than 1000 volunteers have now registered to take part. We’re delighted to have had such a positive response. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered and all of the organisations helping us! Read the 1,000 down, 1,000 to go blog post....

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  • 1,000 down, 1,000 to go

    29th March 2017 by

    From the start of my work on Social Security, I knew it was important to listen to people and hear directly from them. And that’s exactly what I did through the many consultation events we had last year through to the launch of the experience panels with the people of the Glasgow Disability Alliance. I...

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  • Have Your Say. Join Experience Panels and help us design and build the new Scottish social security system.

    29th March 2017 by

    At least 2,000 people with direct personal experience of the current social security system are currently being recruited to help shape Scotland’s new system. Key to the design of Scotland’s new social security system is working alongside people who have the direct and personal experience and knowledge of the current one, and finding out from...

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