Welfare and finances after EU exit (benefits, pensions and money)

Last updated: 12 April 2019

The UK may be leaving the European Union.

EU exit (also known as Brexit) may have an effect on the way you live in Scotland.

This may include changes to benefits and pensions.

EU exit has not happened, and many of the details are not yet known or are regularly changing. This page gives the most up-to-date information, but it will be added to and changed over time, so please keep checking back for updates.

UK citizens living in Scotland

If you are a UK citizen currently living in Scotland, you should still have access to your benefits and pension as normal.

EU citizens living in Scotland

If you are an EU citizen currently living in Scotland, you should still have access to your benefits and pension as normal.

If you are an EU citizen currently living in the UK and you get benefits or a pension from a non-UK authority, you should contact that country's relevant benefits and pension department for more information.

You will still need to apply for settled status before 30 June 2021 to keep living in Scotland, though. The EU citizens living in Scotland page gives the latest information on this, including details on how to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

UK citizens living in an EU country

If you're a UK citizen but you're currently living in an EU country, your access to your benefits and pension may depend on whether the EU exit is a 'deal' or 'no deal' situation.

In the event of a 'deal' situation, you should still have access to your benefits and pension as normal.

In the event of a 'no deal' situation, your access to benefits and pension may depend on the country you're living in.

If you are a UK citizen currently living in an EU country and you get benefits or a pension from a non-UK authority, you should contact that country's relevant benefits and pension department for more information.

If you are a UK citizen living in an EU country and receiving benefits or a pension from a UK authority, you should still have access to your benefits and pension as normal.

GOV.UK has guidance for UK citizens living in EU countries.

Help with money

If you're struggling to make your money last there are a number of services you can use to get help.

Find out how to get help with money, including dealing with debt and dealing with the stress that comes with it.

Financial Health Check

The Financial Health Check is a service that offers money advice to older people and families who are struggling with money problems.

It helps explain how to make the most of your income, and make sure you're not paying more than you need to for services like gas, electricity and internet.

It can help you find out:

  • what benefits you can get
  • how to save money on your bills
  • what other money you may be entitled to

You can talk to a Financial Health Check advisor by calling 0800 085 7145, or by meeting with one at your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

The Scottish Welfare Fund

The Scottish Welfare Fund helps families and people in Scotland who are on low incomes through Crisis Grants and Community Care Grants.

You can apply for a:

  • Crisis Grant – if you're in crisis because of a disaster (like a fire or flood), or an emergency (like losing your money or an unexpected expense)
  • Community Care Grant – to help you or someone you care for to start to live, or to carry on living, a settled life in the community

Find out more about the Scottish Welfare Fund.

More information

More details on benefits and pensions after EU exit will be added to this page as new information is available.

Meanwhile, there are a number of other sites you can check for updates:

The content on this site is correct as of today's date and is based on the information available at this time. Regular updates will be made as the EU Exit process develops. In the event of a 'no deal', additional advice and information will be given on this site. Please continue to check back for updates.