Benefit Take Up Project
Visibility Scotland is working in partnership with VisionPK and seescape to raise awareness of the benefits that have been devolved to Scotland and are available from Social Security Scotland. This work has been funded by the Scottish Government as part of their Benefit Take-up Strategy.
Social Security Scotland benefits
A number of benefits available from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) have been devolved and will be delivered by Social Security Scotland going forward, along with a number of brand new benefits.
These benefits will be introduced in stages. Some of these benefits are available now whilst others, including Disability Payments and Carer’s Assistance, will be available in the future.
Current benefits and factsheets
The following factsheets cover the benefits that are currently available from Social Security Scotland. They have been developed to help you understand if you may be eligible, how to apply, and where to get further information and support.
PDF Versions available on the links below.
Carer’s Allowance Supplement Factsheet
Young Carer Grant Factsheet
Funeral Support Payment Factsheet
Best Start Grant Factsheet
Best Start Foods Factsheet
Visibility Scotland Job Start Payment – PDF
You can also download a Word version of the factsheets from the links below.
Carer’s Allowance Supplement Factsheet – Word Version
Young Carer Grant Factsheet – Word Version
Funeral Support Payment Factsheet – Word Version
Best Start Grant Factsheet – Word Version
Best Start Foods Factsheet – Word Version
Visibility Scotland Job Start Payment – Word Version
Audio versions are available below.
Carers Allowance Supplement Factsheet Audio –
Young Carer Grant Factsheet Audio –
Funeral Payment Factsheet Audio –
Best Start Grant Factsheet Audio –
Best Start Foods Factsheet –
Job Start Payment Factsheet –
Factsheets on Child Winter Heating Assistance and Scottish Child Payment will be available soon.
If you would like any of the above factsheets in a different format (large print, audio, braille) please get in touch on 0141 332 4632 or contact us by email.
Social Security Scotland have produced BSL factsheets on the benefits they administer and you can access these on Vimeo.
The benefits that will be available from Social Security Scotland in the future are:
• Child Disability Payment
• Adult Disability Payment
• Pension Age Disability Payment
• Employment Injury Assistance
• Winter Heating Assistance
• Cold Spell Heating Assistance
• Carer’s Assistance
Awareness raising sessions
If you would like to find out more about the benefits available from Social Security Scotland we are happy to arrange a speaker to attend any meetings or groups that you are part of. These informal awareness raising sessions are aimed at people living with a sensory impairment and their families or carers. To book a speaker please get in touch on 0141 332 4632 or contact us by email.
Free training for professionals
We have developed a free 90-minute interactive training session on Social Security Scotland benefits for professionals who support people living with a sensory impairment.
This introductory session covers:
• The benefits currently available from Social Security Scotland
• Benefits that will be available in the future
• Planned changes to the application process for disability benefits
• Where to find further information and support available for people to apply
The session can be delivered via Zoom or Microsoft Teams.
Feedback from previous attendees includes:
“The information given was clear and easy to understand – jargon free!”
“I think it was pitched at just the right level. Lots of detail but not too overwhelming.”
“It gave a very good overview of not only the benefits being devolved to Scotland but also a flavour of how they are going to try and do things differently.”
If you would like to book a session for a group of staff please get in touch on 0141 332 4632 or contact us by email.