Its Challenge Poverty week.

We’re supporting Challenge Poverty Week this week (4 – 10 October) by sharing this blog – Challenging Poverty in Kinship Care – from our partners at Child Poverty Action Group Scotland: It’s important to get the right advice as a kinship carer trying to make sense of the complex benefits rules affecting kinship carers, or as a kinship care professional advising families. Some kinship families may risk poverty due to the financial pressures of unexpectedly taking on full-time care of a child. CPAG have Factsheets for Kinship Carers on their website that we encourage you to take a look at if you require welfare access: 👨‍👩‍👦 Kinship Carers and Benefits – the essentials: 💳 Universal Credit and Kinship Carers: 👶 Scottish Child Payment and Kinship Carers: The Scottish Government make social security payments to families, who are already in receipt of a qualifying benefit – not Kinship Care Allowance. Social Security Scotland process claims and have this factsheet about the 5 Family Benefits including what evidence kinship carers may need to show: Benefits rules are decided by the legal status of the child and in some cases, the way in which payments are made by the local authority in which you reside. If you’ve ever any questions about access to benefits, get in contact with us on the Helpline for advice: 0808 800 0006 (Mon-Fri 10:00 – 2.30pm). If you’re on Twitter, you can follow more about Challenge Poverty Week on our Twitter page: and by following the hashtags #ChallengePoverty #NowIsTheTime

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