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Supports and benefits available to parents

Bringing up kids is amazing, but there are lots of daily tasks that can be tough to manage, money being one of them! Money (or lack of it) can be really stressful to deal with, but there is help out there if you need it. There’s a wide range of benefits and services available. To make life that wee bit easier for you, we’ve pulled together a list of what you could be entitled to as a parent.

The Money Talk Team is available to help you make the most of your money. The team offers personalised advice on money matters - from benefit take up and council tax reduction to free school meals and reducing household energy costs. They can also support you to ensure you’re claiming all the grants and benefits you might be entitled to and make sure you don’t pay more than you need to for basic services like utilities. This service is delivered by the Citizens Advice Network in Scotland. You can call 0800 085 7145 or get in touch with your local bureau if you’d prefer to see someone face to face. You can find details of your local Citizens Advice Bureau here

These ‘Worrying About Money?’ leaflets can help you work out what kind of help you need depending on your situation, and where you can access help in your local area.

On this page you'll find information on:

Support and benefits for expectant parents and parents with a newborn baby

General support and benefits for parents

Energy, bills and household support and benefits

Debt and money support

Saving on travel

All young people and children aged 5-21 years can apply for a card to access the Young Persons’ (Under 22s) Free Bus Travel Scheme. If your child is aged 16-21 they can apply themselves, but if they’re younger then you’ll need to apply on their behalf. You can find out more about the scheme and how to apply at freebus.scot.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to save on travel too. The Transport Scotland website has information about other free or discounted travel schemes here.