Family benefits, payments and support you can get.
Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods
You could get payments form Social Security Scotland to help towards the costs of being pregnant or looking after a child.
Scottish Child Payment
If you’re on a low income, you could get a weekly payment of £20 for every child you look after under 6 years old.
You could get Child Benefit if you’re responsible for a child under 16 (or under 20 and in approved education and training).
Young Patients Family Fund
You could claim for the costs of food and travel if you’re the parent, carer or sibling of a young inpatient getting hospital care.
You could get Guardian’s Allowance if you’re bringing up a child whose parents have died. You may also get it if there’s one surviving parent.
If you’re raising a disabled or seriously ill child on a low income, Family Fund might be able to help with a grant for essential items.
When one parent does not live with their child they must pay child maintenance even if they do not see them.
Parental Employability Support Fund
The fund can give support for parents facing barriers in their careers. Support could include help getting qualifications, improving skills and work experience.
Under 22s free bus pass
All young people under 22 can get a free bus pass.
Early years & childcare
Check what support you could get with early years and childcare.
Free early learning and childcare
All 3 and 4 year olds (and some 2 year olds) in Scotland can get 1140 hours per year of funded early learning and childcare.
You can get up to £2,000 a year for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare.
Universal Credit childcare costs
If you pay for childcare while you go to work, Universal Credit can pay some of your childcare costs.
The Baby Box is packed full of clothes, bedding and lots of other useful things to help give your baby the best possible start in life.
Students: Lone Parents’ Childcare Grant
This grant is for students bringing up a child or sibling on their own to help with the cost of registered childcare.
School & college
Support you could get with education costs.
School clothing grants
Families on low income could get a school clothing grant. It’s £120 for primary aged children and £150 for secondary aged children.
Free school meals
All children in primary 1 to 5 get free school meals. Children after primary 5 could still get free school meals if you’re on a low income.
Free school transport
Your child could get free school transport if their school is not within walking distance, you’re on a low income or they have additional support needs.
Education Maintenance Allowance
EMAs give financial support to eligible 16 to 19 year olds who want to continue learning.