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245 Children in Orkney Supported by the Scottish Child Payment

The Scottish Child Payment helps towards the costs of supporting families.

It is a weekly payment of £20 that is paid every child under 6 years of age to those eligible families. The payment does not affect any other benefits families may be receiving and can be used for

  • travel costs
  • nappies and other essentials
  • childcare
  • family days out

A total of 245 children in Orkney have been supported by the Scottish Child Payment since its introduction by the Scottish Government.

£123,260 has been spent supporting families in the islands since February 2021.

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Emma Roddick said:

“During a Tory-made cost of living crisis, the SNP Scottish Government has supported more than 245 Orkney children with the Scottish Child Payment – which is a payment that is not available anywhere else in the UK.

“The Scottish Child Payment is just one of a raft of support payments that have been introduced in Scotland to build a social security system that is built on dignity, fairness and respect.

“Families in Orkney are already benefitting from further support after the Scottish Child Payment was doubled in April and is set to be increased even further by the end of the year.

“The Scottish Government continues to support Orkney households with one hand tied behind its back as most of the levers of power are held by a Westminster government that has cut Universal Credit at a time when people need it most.

“That is why it is only with the full raft of powers that independence would bring that we can start to build a fairer, more equal Scotland.”

Children across Orkney are already benefitting from further support after the Scottish Government doubled the payment to £20 per week per child in April and will increase it further to £25 by the end of the year.

To find out more and to apply click on this link: Scottish Child Payment