OPFS Factsheets updated for 2016

OPFS Factsheets updated for 2016

From 06 April 2016, there are a number of changes introduced to the benefit system that affect single parent families in Scotland. Our information packs will tell you how this will affect you.

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Some of the changes introduced on 06 April 2016

Tax Credit In-Year Increases

The amount by which a tax credit claimant’s income can increase in-year compared to their previous year’s income, before their award is adjusted will be reduced from £5,000 to £2,500. This will cause overpayments if claimants do not remember to report the income increase to HM Revenue & Customs.

See our Going Back to Work information pack for more details.

Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI)

The waiting period will return to the pre-recession length of 39 weeks (from 13 weeks).

See our Money for Single Parents information pack for more details.

More information

Contact the Lone Parent Helpline by phone (on 0808 801 0323) or email  for more information or to order hard copies of our factsheets (Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 4.00pm).

Factsheets updated for 2016:

New factsheets for 2016:

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