Benefit Update!

Published: 30/11/2020

Self-Isolation Support Grant now open

Applications for the Self-Isolation Support Grant have opened for low income workers who are asked to self-isolate and would lose income if they needed to isolate.

The £500 grant will help those who have been asked by Test and Protect to self-isolate, following testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or having been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

These payments are designed to help people self-isolate for the required period to stop the spread of the virus, but who would face financial hardship due to being asked to self-isolate. Payments will be targeted at those in receipt of Universal Credit or legacy benefits who are employed or self-employed.

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Young Carer Grant turns one!

Young carers are being encouraged to check if they are entitled to further awards as the Young Carer Grant marks its anniversary.

The Young Carer Grant is a £305.10 payment available on an annual basis for 16, 17 and 18 year olds who spend an average of 16 hours a week caring for someone who receives a disability benefit.

Those who have already had a payment are able to apply again if a year has passed since they received their money.

Young carers can check if they are eligible and apply by calling Social Security Scotland for free on 0800 182 2222 or by clicking the link below to visit the website:

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Universal Credit regulation change for customers who are paid monthly

DWP has amended Universal Credit for those who are paid monthly by their employer, and occasionally receive two payments from their employer in one month.

DWP staff now have the ability to reallocate a second monthly payment from a customer’s employer into a different assessment period.

This means that if, for example, people are paid early by their employer due to their regular monthly pay date falling on a weekend or bank holiday they won’t have two wages allocated to one assessment period.

This change came into effect on 16 November.

Cold Weather Payment

The Cold Weather Payment scheme is available from 1 November until 31 March. It provides people on certain benefits £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather and is paid automatically.

Claimants receiving a qualifying benefit can check if their postcode has been triggered for a payment.

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