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Take-up rates of Scottish benefits: October 2022

A new, annual publication that contains our latest estimates of take-up of Scottish benefits delivered by Social Security Scotland.

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Introduction

The Social Security Scotland Charter sets out what people should expect from Scotland's social security system. This includes working towards a better future by investing in the people of Scotland and making a positive difference to all our lives. As part of this the Scottish Government has committed to improving take-up, ensuring as many people as possible get what they are entitled to and making a particular effort to reach people who are most likely to be excluded.

This is a new, annual publication that contains our latest estimates of take-up of the Scottish benefits delivered by Social Security Scotland, covering:

  • Scottish Child Payment
  • Best Start Grant
  • Best Start Foods
  • Young Carer Grant
  • Job Start Payment
  • Funeral Support Payment

What is take-up?

  • A take-up rate is the percentage of people entitled to a benefit that actually receive it.
  • Some people do not apply for benefits they are entitled to, this could be due to: social barriers (e.g. perceived stigma of applying for benefits), costly or complex access (e.g. complex application process), or a lack of information (e.g. people being unaware of available support).
  • We calculate the take-up rate by dividing the number of recipients of a benefit by the number of people eligible for the benefit (whether they recieved the benefit or not).
  • While the number of people receiving these benefits is known, the number of people eligible to claim these benefits has to be estimated. This means the take-up rates in this publication are estimates only and contain a degree of uncertainty.
Infographic showing how take-up is calculated. An infographic showing that take-up is calculated by dividing the number of benefit recipients by the size of the eligible population.

Contact

Email: ceu@gov.scot

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