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The Royal Society for the Support of Women of Scotland

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The Society invites applications for assistance from women who can show that they meet the following criteria...

  • Aged 50 years or over; 
  • Have been resident in Scotland for at least two years at the time of application;
  • Unmarried, widowed, divorced or formally separated;
  • Able to show evidence of personal achievement in their life; self support; consideration of others; voluntary or community work, or looking after family members who required care;
  • Have an annual income from all sources, after deduction of tax, housing costs and any care costs, of less than £13,500 
  • Have savings / capital of £16,000 or less, excluding the value of their home. 
  • Not be  "co-habitant" in terms of Section 25 of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006, i.e. who are not living with a man as if they were "man and wife" or another woman as if "civil partners".

(Please see later section "How we assess..." for more details of how  "capital" and "income" are calculated.) 

Applicants who are divorced are required to produce a copy of their divorce document. Applicants who are "separated" from their spouse or civil partner must provide a copy of a formal, signed, agreement or of a Court Decree.

Please note that the Society no longer accepts applications from women in nursing homes or long-term care.