Scottish Child Payment is a benefit administered by Social Security Scotland. It provides eligible families and carers with regular financial support to helps towards the costs of supporting their family and is currently £20 per eligible child per week. Around 104,000 children are already benefiting.
The benefit will be extended on 14th November to those responsible for eligible children under the age of 16 – and at that point also increased from £20 to £25. Once extended, it is expected over 400,000 children could be eligible. Click here for more information.
Speaking ahead of her statement to Parliament on the Programme for Government, the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said:
“The Scottish Child Payment is unique to Scotland, the most ambitious child poverty reduction measure in the UK and an important action to mitigate the growing cost emergency. We doubled the payment to £20 per week per child in April and the further increase to £25 from November means a rise of 150% in less than eight months.”