Contact Social Security Scotland

Last updated: 21 October 2019

If you need to contact Social Security Scotland, you can by phone or by post.

By phone

Freephone: 0800 182 2222 (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday) - if you're a British Sign Language user, you can use the contactSCOTLAND app to contact Social Security Scotland by video relay.

By post

Social Security Scotland
General Enquiries
PO Box 10301

If you want to apply for Best Start Grant or Best Start Foods

Apply for Best Start Grant or Best Start Foods.

If you want to apply for the Funeral Support Payment

Apply for the Funeral Support Payment.

If you want to apply for Young Carer Grant

Apply for Young Carer Grant.

If you want to give feedback

You can give feedback to tell Social Security Scotland that they:

  • do something well
  • need to improve something

If something goes wrong, or you're unhappy with their service, they'll work with you to fix it.


You can make a complaint if you feel:

  • Social Security Scotland failed to provide a service
  • the standard of service isn't what you need
  • you're not happy with a Social Security Scotland policy
  • you're not happy with the treatment you've had from a member of staff
  • you do not agree with something you've been told by Social Security Scotland and you haven't been able to use something else, like an appeal, to solve this
  • Social Security Scotland have not followed the right process

You can't use the Social Security Scotland complaints process if you're:

  • asking for a service for the first time
  • requesting compensation
  • raising something which is already in court or which a court or tribunal has already heard
  • disagreeing with a decision where a statutory right of appeal exists
  • attempting to reopen a concluded complaint
  • wanting a complaint reconsidered that's had a final decision

Getting someone else to make a complaint for you

You can get someone to complain for you. This can be a relative, friend or someone else you trust.

The complaints process

Social Security Scotland will try to resolve your complaint in a week.

If it's complex and needs more investigation then they'll try to resolve it in 4 four weeks. If they cannot resolve the complaint within 20 days they'll contact you.

If you want an update on the progress of your complaint they'll ask for your name and contact details.

If you want to, you can stay anonymous when giving feedback. This means you don't need to tell Social Security Scotland your name or contact details.