MORE than £12 million in benefits was received by Fife residents in the past year.

Social Security Scotland's annual report showed that, during 2021-22, 11 different payments were delivered to support low-income families, carers and disabled people.

The total amount of benefits paid to people across the country came to £3.48 billion.

Minister for social security and local government, Ben Macpherson, said: "Social Security Scotland’s annual report and accounts demonstrate the impact of delivering benefits that help tackle poverty and promote equality.

"We ensure money goes directly to people who need it most, including carers, disabled people and families on low incomes.

“This week, our transformative Scottish Child Payment will be extended to all eligible young people under the age of 16 and increased to £25 per week per child – a 150 per cent rise within eight months of introducing this important benefit, which is only available in Scotland.

“I am pleased Social Security Scotland have maintained high satisfaction levels in their service delivery, as evidenced in the latest client survey.

"We encourage all those who are eligible for support to apply, and are committed to treating everyone with dignity, fairness and respect.”

Payments made last year were to clients receiving: Carer’s Allowance Supplement, Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment, Best Start Grant Early Learning payment, Best Start Grant School Age Payment, Best Start Foods, Funeral Support Payment, Young Carer Grant, Job Start Payment, Scottish Child Payment, Child Winter Heating Assistance and Child Disability Payment.