Social Security Scotland
Social Security Scotland now have a presence in Dumbarton and Helensburgh.
You can find them at the Concord Community Centre, 41 College Way, Dumbarton, every Wednesday from 9am to 1pm.
And Helensburgh Leisure Centre, West Clyde Street, on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 10am - 3pm.
You can pop in if you have general questions, or arrange an appointment if you need help filling in forms.
To make an appointment, please call 0800 182 2222.
Please click here and you will be directed you to a page, that lists the benefits that they currently deliver. Below a quick overview.
· Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment – one off payment of up to £642.35 from 24 weeks in pregnancy up until a baby turns 6 months for families who get certain benefits.
· Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment – one off payment of £267.65 when a child is between two and three years and six months for families who get certain benefits.
· Best Start Grant School Age Payment – one off payment of £267.65 when a child would normally start primary one for families who get certain benefits.
· Best Start Foods – a pre-paid card from pregnancy up to when a child turns three for families on certain benefits to help buy healthy food.
· Carer’s Allowance Supplement – an automatic payment made twice a year to people who get Carer’s Allowance through the DWP on certain dates each year.
· Funeral Support Payment – money towards the costs of a funeral at a difficult time like this for people on certain benefits who are responsible for paying for a funeral.
· Job Start Payment – £267.65 for 16 to 24 year olds who have been on certain benefits for six months or more to help with the costs of starting a job.
· Young Carer Grant – an annual payment of more than £326.65 for people 16, 17 or 18 who care for people who get a disability benefit from the DWP for an average of 16 hours a week or more.
· Child Winter Heating Assistance - a £214.10 payment to help families of a child on the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance for Children to heat their homes.
· Scottish Child Payment - a unique to Scotland benefit, that will give qualifying parents and carers £25 per week, per child, to help towards the costs of looking after each child under the age of 16.
· Child Disability Payment - a payment providing extra money to help with the costs of caring for a child with a disability or ill-health condition. It replaces Disability Living Allowance for children in Scotland that was previously delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions.
· Adult Disability Payment - a payment providing extra money to help people who have a long-term illness or a disability that affects their everyday life. It replaces Personal Independence Payment people in Scotland previously delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions. Adult Disability Payment has opened for applications in the pilot areas of Dundee, Perth & Kinross, the Western Isles, Angus, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Fife, Moray, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire South Ayrshire. This will be followed by a gradual national rollout beginning on 29 August 2022.