Benefits entitlement

The UK Government provides benefits, income support, and credits to people living in Scotland.  Responsibility for 11 benefits is being devolved to the Scottish Government.

What benefits am I entitled to?

If you’re not sure about what you could be entitled to, you can use an independent benefits calculator to find out. These are free to use, anonymous, and have replaced the Benefits Adviser service.  You can find out:

  • what benefits you could get
  • how to claim
  • how your benefits will be affected if you start work

Calculators

You can use one of the following independent calculators:

  • Turn2us – for information on income-related benefits, tax credits, Council Tax Reduction, Carer’s Allowance, Universal Credit and how your benefits will be affected if you start work or change your working hours
  • Policy in Practice – for information on income-related benefits, tax credits, contribution-based benefits, Council Tax Reduction, Carer’s Allowance, Universal Credit, how these are calculated and how your benefits will be affected if you start work or change your working hours
  • entitledto – for information on income-related benefits, tax credits, contribution-based benefits, Council Tax Reduction, Carer’s Allowance, Universal Credit and how your benefits will be affected if you start work

What you’ll need

Before you get started you will need accurate information about your:

  • savings
  • income, including your partner’s (from payslips, for example)
  • existing benefits and pensions (including anyone living with you)
  • outgoings (such as rent, mortgage, childcare payments)
  • council tax bill

Who can use the calculators?

You can’t use the calculators if you’re under 18, and they won’t give accurate results if you’re:

Devolution and Social Security

Responsibility for delivering some benefit entitlements in Scotland is being devolved to the Scottish Government.  A new Scottish social security agency is being set up that will have responsibility for:

  • Ill Health and Disability Benefits:
    • Disability Living Allowance
    • Personal Independence Payment
    • Attendance Allowance
    • Severe Disablement Allowance
    • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Carers Allowance
  • Sure Start Maternity Grant (replaced by the Best Start Grant)
  • Funeral Expenses
  • Cold Weather Payments and Winter Fuel Payments
  • Discretionary Housing Payments
  • Some powers in relation to Universal Credit (e.g. the ability to split payments between household members)

You can find out more about the set-up of the new agency on the Scottish Government website

More information

An A to Z of benefits is available on GOV.UK.

Find out more about UK Government support at home.

Get to know more about devolution in Scotland.

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