Extension of Scottish Child Payment Making Positive Impact

303,000 children were receiving The Scottish Child Payment at the end of March.

The total amount of the benefit paid out since its February 2021 launch now stands at £248.6 million.

Scottish Child Payment was extended to include all eligible children until their 16th birthday and increased to £25 per child per week in November last year.

Local AuthorityNo. of PaymentsValue of Payments% of total
Payment Value
Aberdeen City82,645£8,097,7803%
Argyll and Bute30,980£3,115,5051%
Dumfries and Galloway68,970£6,969,0653%
Dundee City86,925£8,469,1253%
East Ayrshire74,020£7,216,7053%
East Dunbartonshire28,165£2,739,9201%
East Lothian44,005£4,304,5652%
East Renfrewshire26,165£2,614,6951%
Edinburgh, City of165,280£15,786,9156%
Glasgow City408,480£39,982,95516%
Na h-Eileanan Siar7,045£726,7950%
North Ayrshire84,985£8,302,7753%
North Lanarkshire199,075£19,043,3758%
Orkney Islands5,140£540,2000%
Perth and Kinross54,105£5,447,8102%
Scottish Borders44,750£4,421,4402%
Shetland Islands5,225£529,5150%
South Ayrshire49,975£4,835,8102%
South Lanarkshire153,770£15,092,0106%
West Dunbartonshire58,805£5,586,1202%
West Lothian95,470£9,422,5504%
Unknown – Scottish address1,785£187,7250%
Non-Scottish postcode9,260£725,3300%
No address735£55,5050%

Polly Jones, Head of Scotland at the Trussell Trust, said:

“Everyone in Scotland should be able to afford the essentials but we know that more families are struggling than ever before.

“We have long called for the Scottish Child Payment to be increased and extended to all children up to 16 and so it’s very encouraging to see the positive impact this is making, reaching more families and getting more cash into the pockets of people who need support the most.” 

Applications for The Scottish Child Payment by Month

Earlier this year First Minister Humza Yousaf convened an  anti-poverty summit where politicians across Scotland’s political spectrum heard from people directly affected by the Cost of Living Crisis – Summit Hears from those Directly Affected by Poverty: Scottish Government To Target

The extortionate rise in energy prices for businesses and householders which started last year and the continuing rise in basic products is driving more and more working people to seek help from Foodbanks and other charitable sources.

Trussell Trust Foodbank Use in Scotland

The Scottish Child Payment is one of several financial benefits Scots can get which are not available in rUK.

Trussell Trust Foodbank use across the UK

Commenting on the Scottish Child Payment figures Humza Yousaf said:

Head and shoulders shot of Humza Yousaf

“The game-changing Scottish Child Payment is designed to tackle child poverty head-on and lift families out of poverty.

“Families in Scotland are able to benefit from five family payments delivered by the  Scottish Government which could be worth more than £10,000 by the time an eligible child turns six and over £20,000 by the time an eligible child turns 16.

“I am pleased at the take up of the Payment but we still want to get that money to all of those eligible. I would encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible to find out more and apply.

 “The Scottish Child Payment is one of an ambitious range of actions to support families immediately and in the long term.”

Fiona Grahame

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