Supporting displaced people from Ukraine

Information on visa schemes, travel, healthcare, housing, employment and education for displaced people from Ukraine.


Social security

Entitlement to benefits

People who have come to Scotland from Ukraine under the Home Office schemes will have visa/immigration documentation which evidences their right to work and claim benefits on arrival in the UK.

Some benefits are reserved to the UK Government. The UK Government Department for Work and Pensions has removed some residence-based qualifying conditions to allow people coming to the UK from Ukraine under certain Home Office routes to access the benefits system immediately upon arrival in the UK.

Scottish Ministers also passed emergency Social Security Scotland legislation to ensure that people arriving from Ukraine can access Scottish social security benefits from day one of arrival, provided they meet the other entitlement conditions. These include benefits such as Scottish Child Payment and Child Disability Payment.

More information about social security and benefits for displaced people from Ukraine is available on the Scottish Government website.

Accessing benefits

People who have come to Scotland from Ukraine under the Home Office schemes will have visa/immigration documentation which evidences their right to claim benefits. They will be able to apply for social security assistance through digital, telephone or paper applications.

Social Security Scotland’s Local Delivery service offers person-to-person support with an application. The team are working with the local authorities in the Welcome Hub areas to provide a joined up approach to supporting people when they arrive at the Welcome Hub locations.

The Local Delivery Team will support displaced people in accessing and making claims to devolved benefits at the same time that they access support offered by local authorities and the Department for Work and Pensions to help ensure all relevant information is captured at the first point of contact.

Accessing travel concessions

People arriving from Ukraine may be eligible for travel concessions under existing Scottish Government Concessionary Travel Schemes. More information on these schemes, eligibility and how to apply can be found through Transport Scotland.

Contact

Email: ceu@gov.scot

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