February 18, 2020

Disabled people should have the same chances, level of comfort and independence as others wherever possible and the SNP Government is actively working to build a Scotland where this is the case.

Recently published figures show over half of new claims in Scotland for UK disability payments are refused, with tens of thousands of disabled people com...

September 24, 2019

Thousands of families are being pushed into poverty, with UK Tory Government welfare changes set to reduce spending on social security in Scotland by £500 million a year, Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP has said.

The 2019 Annual Report on Welfare Reform shows the largest welfare cuts since 2015 are as a result of the benefit...

August 21, 2019

Launched in 2018, the Money Talk Team has helped 3,198 people save more than £6 million. Households benefit by more than £1,850 on average.

Money Talk Team, operated by Citizens Advice Scotland, offers a one-stop, personalised advice on dealing with debt and ways to reduce household bills.

With around 450,000 cases of unclaimed benefits in Scotlan...

August 15, 2019

Disabled people will have more choice in how they apply for benefits when the SNP Government takes responsibility for Disability Assistance next year.

Under the UK Tory Government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) system, people can only apply for Disability Assistance by post or telephone. Under the new Scottish system people will be able...

July 30, 2019

The SNP Government’s Scottish Welfare Fund made 6,085 payments to people in North Ayrshire in the last financial year, 2018/19 new figures show.

A total of 1,480 Community Care Grants and 4,065 Crisis Grants were awarded in North Ayrshire over the year, while across Scotland the figures were 40,485 and 12,155 respectively.

The Crisis Grant aims to...

July 11, 2019

New research has shown that an estimated 3,475 children in North Ayrshire (20%) are being disadvantaged by the UK Tory Government’s controversial two-child cap, which allows low-income families to claim child tax credits or universal credit for their first two children only.

According to data obtained and collated by the Child Poverty Action Grou...

June 27, 2019

The SNP Government is using its new powers over social security to introduce a brand new benefit to provide eligible families with £10 a week for every child under 16, with introduction for under-sixes starting by early 2021.

The Scottish Child Payment will give more immediate support to families who need it most, as almost 60% of all children in...

May 14, 2019

On Thursday, Kenneth led his Members' Debate at the Scottish Parliament urging the UK Tory Government's to reverse their sneaky decision to force newly-retired people - whose partners are younger than the state retirement age of 65 - to claim Universal Credit instead of Pension Credit.

This forced change, which comes into effect on 15 May, coul...

May 7, 2019

A brand new benefit for low income families opened for applications on Monday 29 April.

The SNP Government’s £250 Early Learning Payment is for children aged between two to three and a half and can be used for anything from children’s clothes and shoes to toys, books or days out.

This payment is part of the SNP Government’s new Best Start Grant pa...

April 25, 2019

Since its inception last year, Social Security Scotland has made £197 million in benefit payments, on behalf of the SNP Government, to over 77,000 people.

Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP hailed the publication of the Social Security Charter as a clear example of how another principle was being met - that Scotland’s social se...

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