I am care experienced and receiving aftercare support from my local authority. Am I entitled to any extra support during the crisis?

Your needs might have increased because of the current crisis. For example, you might be having to pay more than normal for food or electricity. You might also need more emotional support than usual, or extra help with shopping or other tasks if you are having to self-isolate. As a result, you might be finding that the support you are receiving from the local authority is not enough to meet your needs just now. If this is the case, you can make a request asking the local authority to reassess your needs, to see if they can provide the additional support you need just now. You can get in touch with us if you have any questions or need help with this.

I am a student and currently receiving the Care Experienced Bursary. Will this be affected by the COVID-19 crisis?

Although colleges and universities are being affected by the current crisis, there is no suggestion that the bursary will not be paid as normal and there is no reason why it should not be. If you are told you will not be receiving the bursary for the rest of the term, you can get in touch with us to get legal advice about this.

Is there any extra support available for care experienced students?

Emergency financial support has been put in place to help students who are facing hardship as a result of the crisis. You should speak to your university or college about what is available and how to apply for this.

There are also other specific emergency measures now in place. These include:

  • A three-month suspension of all debt recovery actions by SAAS relating to grants and bursaries. This means that if you are due to return overpayments to SAAS, they will work with you to agree the best way to manage this. This may include suspension of repayments for now. You must contact SAAS to discuss this before you stop making repayments.
  • The Care Experienced Accommodation Grant has been extended so that it is now available from the beginning of April until the end of the summer. This allows eligible students to access a grant of up to £105 per week to be paid towards the cost of their accommodation.

If you need clarification on any of this and how it affects your rights, you can get in touch with us so we can discuss it with you.  

 

For further information, see the following links:

https://www.gov.scot/news/extra-hardship-payments-for-students/

https://www.saas.gov.uk/news/coronavirus

https://www.studentinformation.gov.scot/coronavirus

 


This is intended as a guide to the law in Scotland as at May 2020 and not as an authoritative statement and interpretation of the law. If you have any questions or would like further information please call 0808 129 0522 or email [email protected]