Scottish child payment doubles – gov.scot

Published:
04 April 2022 10:52

104,000 children have payment increased to £20 a week.

The flagship family payment – ​​Scottish Child Payment – ​​has now doubled to £20 per week per child. 104,000 children are already benefiting from this increase.

The payment, which is unique to Scotland, was designed to tackle child poverty head-on. It is one of five family benefits that provide financial support to low-income families with children under the age of 6.

The benefit will be extended at the end of the year to all eligible children under 16 – and at that time will also increase from £20 to £25.

When extended, more than 400,000 children are expected to be eligible. The newly doubled Scottish Child Payment, along with the three Best Start and Best Start Foods grant payments, will provide families with more than £10,000 by the time their first child turns 6 and £9,700 for subsequent children. This compares to less than £1,800 for the first child in an eligible family in England and Wales, and less than £1,300 for subsequent children.

Visiting Glasgow-based family charity Govan Help, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“We are using our social security powers to take immediate action to put money in families’ pockets by doubling the Scottish Children’s Payment to £20 a week per child – support that is not replicated anywhere else UK.

“This is a key part of our national mission to end child poverty. We will further increase this payment to £25 by the end of 2022, five times the amount originally requested by campaigners. This will give families additional financial support of £1,300 for each eligible child each year. We will support this with an investment of around £671million over the next two years – just part of our family support programme.

“Our plan to tackle child poverty will also build on our investment in supporting employment for parents, through new skills and training opportunities and support for key workers to help reduce household costs. and drive longer-term change.

“We are determined to give children the best start and a bright future by putting more money in the pockets of those who need it most. Increasing Scottish Child Payment will make a real difference for families and help build a more equal and fair Scotland for all.

Viv Sawers, Managing Director of Govan Help, said:

“This is a fantastic move by the Scottish Government to tackle child poverty in Scotland. Rolling out and increasing Scottish Child Payment will have an incredible impact on families across Scotland who need it most and we are delighted to see the money going directly to families who we know are struggling. to meet their basic cost of living.

“Govan has above average child poverty rates which will have a hugely positive impact on the quality of life for families in this local community. We see families struggling on a daily basis, they have told us what a difference it has already made with the rising cost of living, we look forward to helping more families access this as it expands to children up to 16 later this year. We know that parenthood is a very difficult job, without financial pressures, this funding will go a long way in removing stresses that can impact family functioning and well-being.

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  • Scottish child payment increased to £20 from Friday April 1
  • Parents and guardians do not need to re-apply and will see their payments increase automatically
  • Social Security Scotland runs five benefits for families on tax credits and certain benefits. These include the Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment, Early Learning Payment, School Age Payment, Best Start Foods and Scottish Payment for Children. Parents and guardians can find out more and apply at mygov.scot or by calling 0800 182 2222
  • Ahead of extending Scottish Child Payment to under 16s, the Scottish Government is set to invest £225m this year (2022-23) in our Scottish Child Payment.
  • The Scottish Government is also putting around £150m into families’ pockets through bridging payments to families of 145,000 children receiving free school meals in 2021 and 2022.
  • Extension of Scottish Child Payment is subject to data on eligible benefits received from the Department for Work and Pensions
  • The 2022-26 Child Poverty Delivery Plan – Best Start, Bright Future outlines actions to provide immediate support to children and families and to break the cycle of child poverty

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