The figures, published this week, show that during this time, 11 benefits were delivered to provide essential support to low-income families during the key stages in a child’s life, carers and disabled people. The support paid in benefits to people across Scotland over the course of this financial year totalled £3.48 billion.
The results of an annual survey of clients by Social Security Scotland have also been published, showing that people felt they were treated well, with staff commended for treating people with ‘kindness’, ‘listening’ and showing ‘empathy’.
Next week, the game-changing Scottish Child Payment will be extended to all eligible young people under the age of 16.
The Scottish Government has said that the benefit, which is only available in Scotland, will make a fundamental positive change to the lives of 304,000 young people.
Ben Macpherson, Minister for Social Security and Local Government, said: “The Annual Report and accounts demonstrate the impact of delivering benefits that help tackle poverty and promote equality. We ensure money goes directly to people who need it most, including carers, disabled people and families on low incomes. I’m pleased Social Security Scotland have maintained high satisfaction levels in their service delivery.”