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 Authority||No. of Payments||Value of Payments||% of total|
|Argyll and Bute||30,980||£3,115,505||1%|
|Dumfries and Galloway||68,970||£6,969,065||3%|
|Edinburgh, City of||165,280||£15,786,915||6%|
|Na h-Eileanan Siar||7,045||£726,795||0%|
|Perth and Kinross||54,105||£5,447,810||2%|
|Unknown – Scottish address||1,785||£187,725||0%|
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.”
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.
The Scottish Child Payment is one of several financial benefits Scots can get which are not available in rUK.
Commenting on the Scottish Child Payment figures Humza Yousaf said:
“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.”