Social security benefits increase in Scotland

From April, all Scottish social security benefits will increase by 6.7 per cent.

The move is intended to provide more support for disabled people, unpaid carers and people on low incomes.

Scottish Child Payment is now worth £26.70 per child per week and a person eligible for the highest rate of Adult Disability Payment will receive £184.30 per week.

The newest benefit, Carer Support Payment, is now £81.90 every four weeks.

Social Justice Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “Our investment in social security helps low‑income families with their living costs, enables disabled people to live full and independent lives, and supports older people to heat their homes in winter.

“This financial year we are committing a record £6.3 billion for benefits expenditure – which is £1.1 billion more than the UK Government gives to the Scottish Government for social security.

“We are making a choice to increase direct support for people who need it the most and that is more important than ever during the current cost of living crisis.”


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