School Age Payments

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Published: 28/06/2022

Social Security Scotland’s School Age Payment is now open for applications for children born between 1 March 2017 and 28 Feb 2018.

The payment is available to low-income families on certain benefits and tax credits to help cover the costs of a child starting school.

Parents can access the payment, whether their child is attending school or not.

People can apply for the payment between 1 June 2022 and 28 February 2023.

Parents who are home-schooling or who have decided to defer their child’s entry to Primary 1 until next year, should still apply for the payment by 28 February 2023.

A parent or carer of a child may be eligible if they receive any of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit (UC)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC)
  • Working Tax Credit.

Parents and carers can get more information and apply at or by calling 0800 182 2222.


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