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Social security

The system of benefits, allowances, tax credits and assistance can be complicated. But don't worry, we're here to help.

Many older people in Scotland do not receive the social security, or benefits, they are entitled to – including one third of older people who are entitled to Pension Credit.

Social security can be administered by the Department for Work and Pensions, Social Security Scotland, HMRC, or your council. They may be means tested (which means your income and savings are taken into account), or depend on whether you have health problems or a disability, are a carer, or have served in or have a connection to the Armed Forces.

A benefit entitlement check from one of our friendly and expert helpline advisers can help you to make sure that you are not missing out. The adviser can answer any questions you have, and will use a specialist computer program to work out what you may be entitled to. The benefit check is free and confidential; we won’t give your information to anyone else. Call our helpline on 0800 12 44 222, lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Check your entitlements guide

Our helpline can help you find out what you're entitled to. To find out more about our benefit checks, including what information we need from you, read our handy guide

State Pension Age is changing

It used to be 60 for a woman and 65 for a man, but is currently 66 years for both men and women, rising to 67 by 2028.

Age Scotland Benefits Maze

A free guide to claiming social security benefits and grants for older people in Scotland.

Benefit and Pension Changes

Read about the recent and future changes to benefits and social security in Scotland.

Age Scotland Benefits Guides

Council Tax Reduction

Means-tested help for those on a low income with the costs of their Council Tax bill

Scottish Welfare Fund

Means-tested grants to help in an emergency or to help you live in the community

Funeral Support Payment

Help with funeral costs for low-income families

State Pension

Based on the National Insurance contributions you have paid or been credited with

Pension Credit

Means-tested help to top up your income if you have reached State Pension age, have a low income and little savings

Attendance Allowance

For those who have reached State Pension age and have a physical or mental disability which means that they need help with personal care or supervision

Carer's Allowance

For those looking after someone who receives Attendance Allowance or a similar benefit

Universal Credit

Means-tested help to top up your income if you are under State Pension age, have a low income and little savings

Order copies of our publications

You can download our guides using the links on this page. To request copies, which will be posted out to you for free, you can use our online publications order form or call the Age Scotland Helpline (0800 12 44 222 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm).

The Age Scotland Helpline

Call our helpline on 0800 12 44 222 for free to speak to an adviser. Open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

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