SOCIAL SECURITY SCOTLAND SHOWCASE SERVICES AT POVERTY ACTION NETWORK

13th September 2019

MP MARION CONVENES PAN AS SCOT GOV BRINGS FORWARD NEW PAYMENTS

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, today convened the Poverty Action Network (PAN) in Motherwell where the Scottish Government’s new welfare agency, Social Security Scotland (SSS), showcased their new services.

SSS announced earlier this month that the implementation of the Scottish Government’s Scottish Child Payment, intended to launch in 2021, is ahead of schedule and will be open to applications in Autumn 2020.

Low income families will be able to access £10 a week for every child aged 0-6 which will lift 30,000 children out of poverty. It will be rolled out in full to eligible families by the end of 2022, benefiting 410,000 children with £500 a year per child.

SSS is already providing support in Scotland through five payments, including the Carers’ Allowance Supplement delivering an extra £452.40 a year to 83,000 carers across Scotland.

Low income parents can also apply for three separate Best Start Grants to ensure young people get the best start in life in their earliest year.

Applications for the new Funeral Support Payment will open on Monday 16 September (2019). The eligibility criteria have been expanded making 40% more people able to claim.

SSS are liaising with groups across Scotland to see how they can best meet the needs of communities to build a social security system based on dignity, fairness and respect.

Commenting, Motherwell and Wishaw MP and PAN Chair, Mrs Fellows said:

“In contrast to the Tories’ despicable welfare regime attacking those most in need, the Scottish Government is building a social security system based on dignity, fairness and respect.

“The Scottish Government is already delivering support to people in need and will next year deliver another life changing payment to lift children out of poverty through the Scottish Child Payment. An extra £500 a year will benefit so many families across Motherwell and Wishaw.

“Support is being targeted at the most vulnerable people in our society. I am confident the new payments will go a long way in tackling child poverty locally and across Scotland. The Scottish Government will not allow children to be left behind.

“As more people transfer to Universal Credit, more and more incomes will be squeezed. Local groups and the Scottish Government therefore are doing more to mitigate against the UK Government’s austerity policies.”