Scotland: child payment plan turns one and is doubled as eligible parents urged to apply

18 March 2022

A year since its roll-out, eligible parents are being urged to apply for the Scottish Child Payment.

The £10 weekly payment started in February 2021 as a direct measure to tackle poverty. It provides regular and additional financial support to parents and carers to help with the costs of caring for a child.

The government is also asking people to encourage friends or family members who might qualify to find out more, as it’s thought many only learn about it through word of mouth.

Since launching, the families of around 106,000 children have received £520 a year, say the government, with the payment set to double to £20 per week from April – four times the amount anti-poverty campaigners originally asked for.

By year-end – subject to data on qualifying benefits being made available by the Department of Work and Pensions – the payment is due to extend to include all eligible children under 16.

In the year 2023-24, the government estimates the Scottish Child Payment ‘could lift 40,000 children out of poverty’.

Shona Robison, cabinet secretary for social justice, housing and local government, said: ‘This is part of the national mission we have set ourselves and society to tackle child poverty, and our focus must be relentless and constant.’

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