Changes to benefits (welfare reform)
The UK Government has introduced a simpler welfare system that encourages people into work and to be less dependent on benefits.
The have been a number of changes to the welfare system over the past few years. Some of the reforms are ongoing:
Social Security Scotland
Social Security Scotland are now paying certain grants, for example Best Start Grant and Carer's Allowance Supplement.
The UK Government limits the total amount of benefits you can receive and benefit are adjusted to meet this cap.
Universal Credit is a single payment (replacing 6 types of benefit) for people who are looking for work or on a low income. It was introduced to some new claimants in this area last year and is being rolled out to others over time.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
This is a payment for disabled people aged between 16 and 64 and replaces Disability Living Allowance.
Housing benefit has been reduced for people in social housing with spare bedrooms. This is the Social Sector Size criteria and is sometimes called the 'Bedroom Tax'.
A detailed plan of what you will do to find work will be agreed with you and your work coach when you make a claim for Jobseeker's Allowance.
Advice and support
We have specially trained advisors who can give you confidential benefit and money advice.