A range of new support has been introduced for children in Scotland alongside the UK system in recent years. The new Scottish child payment is available to an estimated 194,000 children in Scotland, but a concerted effort will be needed to maximise take-up. Best Start grants and Best Start foods can make a big difference in the early years. In most cases, qualifying for these devolved benefits depends on securing entitlement to UK benefits, which remain the primary source of support. While new Scottish payments will help reduce child poverty, some families in Scotland may see their overall income reduced by the two child limit and benefit cap rules in UK benefits. This course provides an overview of the support available from pregnancy to school age.
The course covers:
• Scottish child payment
• Best Start
• UK-wide payments for children
• Two child limit and the benefit cap
This half-day introductory level course is aimed at advisers and other workers who have little or no knowledge of benefits.
This course will be delivered online via Zoom from 10am to 1pm with a half hour break from 11.15 – 11.45. It is a practical course, delivered using a combination of trainer presentation, exercises and group discussion.
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