Community Support & Resources

Please find below a range of support resources and contacts available to our AHS community. 

Fife Welfare Network

Benefits Checker

OurFife offer a free and confidential Benefits Checker which can help you to find out what extra money you can claim. Enter your details and you'll receive an estimate of the entitlements you could be missing out on currently. Even if you already receive some benefits it's worth checking. The Benefits Checker can be located here: Benefits Checker

Social Security Scotland

People in part-time and full-time work may still qualify for Scottish Government benefits, including those designed to help low-income families.

In Scotland, around one in three people getting Universal Credit are in work – this is a qualifying benefit for several other payments including Scottish Child Payment and the other benefits which make up Social Security Scotland’s five family payments: Best Start Foods and three Best Start Grants – Pregnancy & Baby Payment, Early Learning Payment and School Age Payment.

People with jobs can also qualify for Adult Disability Payment, with qualification not based on employment or income as well as one-off payments including Winter Heating Payment and Funeral Support Payment.  

You can read more here.

Best Start Grant

Applications for Best Start Grant School Age Payment 2023-2024 close on 29 February. This one-off payment of £294.70 aims to help with the costs of preparing children for primary school.
 
We are urging parents and carers who do not get Scottish Child Payment but who do receive tax credits or certain benefits, and have a child who was born between 1 March 2018 and 28 February 2019, to apply before 29 February 2024. We don’t want anyone to miss out on money they are entitled to.
 
Parents and carers who are under 18, or who are under 20 and dependent on their parents or carers, don’t need to receive any benefits to be eligible for Best Start Grant.

If a parent or carer already gets Scottish Child Payment for a child born between these dates, they should get this payment automatically, unless they opted out of automatic payments. If someone did opt out of automatic payments, we would encourage them to get their application in now.

If someone has a child born between 1 March 2018 and 28 February 2019 and they have opted to home school, or have deferred their child’s school start date, they should still apply. They will no longer be eligible for this payment when the next application window opens on 1 June 2024.

More information: Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods - mygov.scot or by calling 0800 182 2222.