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Bookings  available from 1 July

Contact; – Fiona Kirk  01387820510/07592975209


General Information from Dumfries and Galloway Council (via the Community Council)


Social Security Scotland – Scottish Child Payment Roadshow Invitation

Contact andy.morgan@socialsecurity.gov.uk


Good Morning Everyone,

Please find below details of the new Social Security Scotland Scottish Child Payment Virtual Roadshows which are available to book to attend for all organisations who support families in need throughout our Region. Please pass this on so that as many groups and organisations as possible can benefit from attending these Free Roadshows.

Details of the new payment along with how to book for the Roadshows are all highlighted below and if you have any queries at all, please contact Andy Morgan, Client Services Team Leader, Social Security Scotland on andy.morgan@socialsecuirty.gov.uk (all details are below).

Thanks everyone and take care all,


Dear Colleagues,

Scottish Child Payment

Scottish Child Payment is a new benefit being introduced by the Scottish Government to tackle child poverty. It is for low income families already in receipt of qualifying benefits. To start with, Scottish Child Payment will be available to families with children under six years of age only. We remain committed to rolling out this benefit to families with children under 16 years of age by the end of 2022.

Scottish Child Payment will open for applications in November 2020, with first payments being made from the end of February 2021. Low-income families with a child under six will be able to apply for £10 per child, per week – equivalent to £520 per year. There are no limits on the number of eligible children supported by Scottish Child Payment.

We want to make sure both you and the organisations you support have all the relevant information you need about Scottish Child Payment before it opens for applications.

We will be running a series of virtual roadshow events throughout October 2020, and would like to invite you to join these. You can sign up to one of the events by following the links below.

Our roadshows are aimed at people who work with and support families who may be entitled to claim Scottish Child Payment. We will provide you with information about the eligibility criteria and how clients can apply for the Scottish Child Payment. You will have opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Please feel free to forward this invitation to any relevant persons within your organisation.

How to book

Our virtual roadshow events are free. You will need to book a ticket through Eventbrite. Tickets will be available on a first come first served basis.

Once you have decided which virtual roadshow you would like to attend, please click on the relevant link below for the relevant event information and joining details.

Wednesday 14th October; 10:30am – 12:00pm, please book here

Wednesday 14th October; 13:30pm – 15:00pm, please book here

Thursday 15th October; 10:30am – 12:00pm, please book here

Tuesday 27th October 2020; 13:30pm – 15:00pm, please book here

Thursday 29th October 2020; 10:30am – 12:00pm, please book here

Wednesday 4th November 2020; 10:30am – 12:00pm, please book here

Thursday 5th November 2020; 13:30pm – 15:00pm, please book here

Monday 9th November 2020; 13:30pm – 15:00pm, please book here

Friday 13th November 2020; 10:30am – 12:00pm, please book here

Monday 16th November 2020; 10:30am – 12:00pm, please book here

Friday 20th November 2020; 10:30am – 12:00pm, please book here

Tuesday 24th November 2020; 13:30pm – 15:00pm, please book here

Thursday 26th November 2020; 10:30am – 12:00pm, please book here

Should you experience any difficulty with the hyperlinks, alternate routes are shown below:

27th Oct; https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scottish-child-payment-webex-event-tickets-123341619103

29th Oct; https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scottish-child-payment-webex-event-tickets-123343117585

4th Nov; https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scottish-child-payment-webex-event-tickets-123343719385

5th Nov; https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scottish-child-payment-webex-event-tickets-124406618545

9th Nov; https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scottish-child-payment-webex-event-tickets-123344832715

13th Nov; https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scottish-child-payment-webex-event-tickets-123345318167

16th Nov; https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scottish-child-payment-webex-event-tickets-124407330675

20th Nov; https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scottish-child-payment-webex-event-tickets-124408042805

24th Nov; https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scottish-child-payment-webex-event-tickets-124408899367

26th Nov; https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scottish-child-payment-webex-event-tickets-124409936469

Communication support

Social Security Scotland recognises that people communicate and engage in lots of different ways.


Copies of the presentations for each event will be sent out electronically in advance. If you would prefer a hard copy, please let us know and we will send them these on to you. If you need these in an alternative format such as Braille or Easy Read please let us know.

Support at the event

If you require communication support at the event selected such as a palantypist, electronic note taker or British Sign Language interpreter, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can try and arrange this support.

We will do everything we can to have communication support in place, but unfortunately we cannot guarantee this if your requirements are not submitted to us.

If you have any questions, please contact us as soon as possible, by emailing the team at NationalEngagementandPartnershipTeam@socialsecurity.gov.scot

Kind regards,

Social Security Scotland

The Hub

24-26 Friars Vennel



Andy Morgan
Client Services – Team Leader
Social Security Scotland

Working days: Mon, Weds & Thurs.





Tues 13th Oct

Subject: Social Security Scotland – Video and Support Available

Social Security Scotland have very kindly provided a new Video along with all of the details below which highlight the support which they currently offer to families and individuals within our Region. All of the details have been added onto our Challenge Poverty Week Website under Tuesday’s Theme of Money Matters and the link is below to access the Video and accompanying details.




Have also added this information below and if you have the chance, please send this out to all of your networks and to anyone who would benefit from receiving this information. Will also be sending on more details on Workshops which Social Security Scotland are hosting in preparation for their Best Start Grant Payment.


Thank you everyone for your help in sending this information out as far as possible and as always, any queries, please give me a call on my mobile below.


Take care everyone and catch up soon,





Social Security Scotland currently delivers 8 benefits;

  • · Carer’s Allowance Supplement – an extra payment for people in Scotland who get Carer’s Allowance on a particular date.
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  • · Best Start Grant – Pregnancy and Baby Payment -You can apply from 24 weeks pregnant up to the day your baby is 6 months old. This goes up to 1 if you’ve taken over looking after a child, such as if you’ve adopted. You get £600 for your first child or £300 for any subsequent child.
  • ·
  • · Best Start Grant – Early Learning Payment -You can apply when your child is aged between 2 years old and 3 years 6 months old. If you are eligible, you get £250 for each child.
  • ·
  • · Best Start Grant – School Age Payment – the Best Start Grant School Age Payment is a £250 payment made to eligible families around the time a child normally starts Primary 1.
  • ·
  • · Best Start Foods – a new payment for low income families on certain benefits or tax credits that replaces UK Government’s Healthy Start Vouchers in Scotland. You can apply for Best Start Foods when you’re pregnant, or any time up to your child turning 3 years old.
  • ·
  • · Funeral Support Payment – a payment available to people in Scotland, who are on certain benefits or tax credits, and need support to meet the costs of a funeral.
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  • · Young Carer Grant – a new yearly payment of £305.10 for young carers aged 16 to 18 who live in Scotland.
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  • · Job Start Payment – It’s a one off payment of £250 available to young people in Scotland who are on certain benefits, and need help with the costs of starting a new job. If the person has a child, they could get £400.


The Scottish Government is introducing a new Scottish Child Payment, which we will deliver. It is a benefit for low-income families with a child under six will be able to apply for £10 per child, per week – equivalent to £520 per year. There are no limits on the number of eligible children supported by the Scottish Child Payment. It will open for applications in November 2020, with first payments beginning from the end of February 2021.

We’ll also pay our first disability assistance from this winter – Child Winter Heating Assistance. A client will qualify for Child Winter Heating Assistance if they live in Scotland and are in receipt of the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance for children on at least one day between 21 September 2020 to 27 September 2020. This will give them £200 to help with heating costs. Similarly to Carer’s Allowance Supplement, they don’t need to apply – it will be paid automatically. Payments will be made before the end of the year.

  • · There are currently 4 people employed in Dumfries and Galloway working to set up our local service.
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  • · We’ve already secured space in 2 base locations within Dumfries and Stranraer Town Centres and have identified additional outreach resources to service all ward areas throughout Dumfries and Galloway to ensure our services are accessible.
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  • · We’ve paid over £3 million pounds to households in Dumfries and Galloway between September 2018 and March 2020.
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Our stakeholder resources are available here;https://www.socialsecurity.gov.scot/what-we-do/stakeholder-resources

If clients want to find out more about the benefits delivered by Social Security Scotland, they can call us on 0800 182 2222 or visit mygov.scot


Wendy Jesson,

Anti-Poverty Officer,


Dumfries & Galloway Council,

Council Offices,

Sun Street,


DG9 7JJ.

Internal: 63403

External: 01776 888317


Mobile: 0788 094 2909

Drop Point: 800

E-mail: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk


5th October 2020



Please find below details of forthcoming workshops that we have been asked to share across our networks for

information and for sharing wider across your communities as appropriate.

Further information is available at www.aberlour.org.uk or by telephoning 01387 325090.



Message below from Amanda McAllister, Service Manager, Aberlour  

‘We are working with Eileen from Your Money sorted to offer support in relation a range of topics relating to money .

We understand  people are experiencing, new financial situations due to  Furlough, reduction of hours, redundancy etc.

The workshops are designed to assist with this people can choose to attend all five workshops  or only one.

These workshops are for anyone in the  communities  of D&G, you may not have had your hours  reduced or faced redundancy,

but would like to review or reduce your financial  outgoings. The workshops will take place by Zoom, you can be as actively  involved  as you wish, or you can listen with your camera off,

you can access by phone also.

There will be an opportunity  to ask questions  or request a follow up 1-1 session with Eileen  if required.




Aberlour Communities2gether



All 5 events should appear at the following links.  


Workshop 1 – Coping on a reduced income:  Simple tips for big savings


Workshop 2 – Creating financial security for you and your family


Workshop 3 – Is your debt a problem?  Simple steps you can take from day 1


Workshop 4 – Make your money go further and improve your future


Workshop 5 – The simplest way to manage money



Amanda McAllister
Service Manager
Aberlour Family Outreach Dumfries & Galloway

Lincluden House
The North West Resource Centre
College Drive | Dumfries | DG2 0BX
T: 01387 325090 | M: 07595245218