Shirley-Anne Somerville

Scottish National Party MSP for Dunfermline


Recent appearances

  • Scottish Parliament: Best Start Grant (Falkirk East) 22 Feb 2024

    We have made it easier for families to get the best start grant school age payment, with people in receipt of the Scottish child payment now paid the school age payment automatically. There is no need to apply separately. Since November 2022, we have made more than 43,000 early learning and school age payments. Some people who do not get the Scottish child payment are still eligible, and...
  • Scottish Parliament: Best Start Grant (Falkirk East) 22 Feb 2024

    T he member raises an important point about ensuring that everyone who is eligible and entitled to a benefit is encouraged and supported to apply, so that they can get what they are entitled to. I can confirm that the auto awards scheme is in place. Early learning and school age payments are an important part of the work that we are doing on automation, which makes it easier for families to...
  • Scottish Parliament: Benefits Uptake 22 Feb 2024

    The Scottish Government asserts that social security is a human right, and we are committed to helping people to access the support that they are entitled to. Through our benefit take-up strategy, we are implementing a range of take-up initiatives, including access to independent advocacy support and targeted marketing of payments. Local delivery teams assist people in completing application...

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Scottish National Party MSP for Dunfermline

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 31 August 2007 — Appointed, regional replacement

Also represented Lothians

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