Scottish Government Welfare Reform Initiatives 2019

• Funeral Support Payment- Replaces the Funeral Expenses Payment which provides low income and eligible families with a contribution towards funeral costs

• Best Start Grants – A package containing three payments that will provide eligible low income families with extra money during the early years of a child’s life. The three payments include- Pregnancy and baby payment, early learning payment and School age payment

• Best Start Foods- Is a prepaid card that is used to purchase healthy foods for children under the age of 3

• Careers Allowance Supplement- Provides an extra payment for eligible people receiving careers allowance  Further important information: From 2020, the Scottish Government will be responsible for DLA for children, Attendance Allowance and PIP. Individuals who are currently in receipt of these benefits will remain however; new claims will change to the Scottish equivalent of these benefits.