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Future changes which may affect you

This is a rolling timetable of expected changes to the benefits, tax credits and social care system

From Christmas 2018

  • Best Start Grant introduced, in Scotland, for new parents on low incomes. Read more

From February 2019

  • State Pension Credit to be paid for children from 1st February 2019. See SI 2018/676

From April 2019

  •  A Young Scot National Entitlement Card giving non-cash benefits to young carers aged 11-18 in Scotland will be rolled out from April 2019. See Scottish Government press release

  • Class 2 National Insurance Contributions (NICs) will be abolished. The Government will reform Class 4 NICs as a route to self-employed individuals building entitlement to the State Pension and other contributory benefits. See HMRC policy paper

From autumn 2019

  • Young Carer Grant, worth £300 a year, to be awarded to young carers in Scotland who are aged 16 to 18, do at least 16 hours of caring a week and who are still at school. See Scottish Government press release

From April 2020

From October 2020

From November 2021

From April 2026

From April 2028

From April 2037

From 2039