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Budget heralds landmark in social security powers

Thursday February 13th, 2020

£3.4 billion will go directly to people in Scotland who need it the most.Scot_Flag_7105928XLrg

The creation of a new social security system for Scotland has reached a new landmark with a £3.4 billion allocation for benefit spend in the latest budget announcement.
The Scottish Government has already introduced seven benefits including Best Start Grant, which offers financial support to low-income families in the early years of a child’s life and the Funeral Support Payment, the standard rate of which is being increased from £700 to £1,000, from April.
In the next 18 months the pace of delivery will significantly increase. The Scottish Government will introduce the Scottish Child Payment by the end of the year, hailed as game changing in the fight against poverty by charities, and new disability payments, starting with the Child Disability Payment this summer.
As part of this budget, the Scottish Government has committed £73 million for Discretionary Housing Payments. This includes £60 million a year for continuing to mitigate the UK Government’s bedroom tax, and an increase of £2 million so care-experienced young people receiving a qualifying benefit are further supported from April.
The Scottish Welfare Fund also increases by £3 million, from £38 million to £41 million for 2020/21.

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