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Information From the UK Government Page



Increased Carer’s Allowance to be delivered next summer

Created: 09/06/2017

The first social security payments to be delivered by the Scottish Government have been outlined to parliament by Social Security Secretary Angela Constance.

The next milestone in building Scotland’s new social security system will be the delivery of the first benefits and these will be the increased Carer’s Allowance, the Best Start Grant and the Funeral Expense Assistance. 

Increased Carer’s Allowance:

  • delivery from summer 2018

  • increasing to the same level as Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • an investment of more than £30 million a year

Best Start Grant (replacing the Sure Start Maternity Grant)

  • delivery by summer 2019

  • a one-off grant of £600 for the first child in low income families – an increase of £100 on the current rate

  • a re-introduction of £300 for subsequent children and two payments of £250 each during a child’s early years

Funeral Expense Assistance

  • delivery by summer 2019

  • processing applications within 10 days – significantly faster than at present

  • making it easier for people to understand if they are eligible for assistance

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 15 June 2017 Opens a MS Word document containing information and links



Welfare benefits and grants handbooks

Created: 05/04/2017

Keeping up to date with the latest in welfare benefits, tax credits and funding for those in need can be time-consuming and complicated. To save you time and make your life that little bit easier, The directory of social change have paired two of their specialist fundraising best-sellers at a special price.

The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need 2016/17 - £85

Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook 2017/2018 - £61

Together usually £146

Enter the code WELFARE17 at checkout and get both books for the price of £110.

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 07 April 2017 Opens a MS Word document containing information and links



DWP is making significant changes to the way it supports self service customers to determine their potential eligibility to benefits and tax credits.

The department’s existing online benefits calculator, Benefits Adviser, is being decommissioned and will be taken offline on 31st March 2014.  DWP will not be developing a replacement; instead, visitors to GOV.UK will be directed towards high quality online benefit calculators offered by other organisations.  Only services that meet a set of rigorous standards relating to privacy, security, accuracy and user experience will be included.

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Employment and Support Allowance


UK Benefit rates in the UK for 2012/2013

I have been copying Benefit rates in the UK from other websites in prevous years but this year I thought why not put a link to the page they have the information on so this is what I have done.

From the Focus on Disability website:

Benefit rates in the UK for 2012/2013
From The Department of Work and Pensions - DWP
(formerly The Department of Social Security)
It`s over 2 pages. www.focusondisability.org.uk/brates-1.html

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Petitions have long been sent to the Prime Minister by post or delivered to the Number 10 door in person. You can now both create and sign petitions on this website too, giving you the opportunity to reach a potentially wider audience and to deliver your petition directly to Downing Street.

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