New Funeral Grants
From 16/9/2019 the Scottish Government will be responsible for Funeral Grant payments. This replaces the UK scheme. The applicant must be entitled to means tested benefits and applications can be made online at www. Mygov.scot/funeral-support or by telephone on 0800 182 2222.
The call centre opening times are Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.
Post Office Accounts closing
Post Office card account is provided by Post Office on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions. DWP do not intend to extend the current contract past 2021. This means after this date you will no longer be able to receive benefit payments into your account. The Department of Work & Pensions will write to you in advance so you may want to think about opening a new bank or building society account.
New Benefit for Young Carers
Social Security Scotland have launched a young carer grant from 21st October 2019. Young carer’s aged 16-18 who have spent an average of 16 hours per week caring for someone who receives a disability benefit for the last 3 months can apply. This is a payment of £300 annually until the young person becomes age 19. Applications can be made online at www.myscot.gov/young-carer or by calling 0800 182 2222.