Low-income families in Orkney will benefit from a £320 uplift before Christmas as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackling child poverty.
“With more than a quarter of a million children affected, poverty is the most significant human rights issue facing children in Scotland.”
The new Scottish Child Payment – which is unique to Scotland – is to open early for applications from Monday 9 November.
The Job Start Payment is a one off £250 payment to help with the costs of starting a new job, £400 if the person has a child.
The grants are for those on benefits or low incomes who have fallen on hard times.
“It must be a true safety net that treats people with dignity and respect.”
“I know the new Scottish Child Payment will be a welcome boost to many young families in Highland and Islands when it’s fully rolled out over the coming years.”
“It’s great to see the Scottish Government taking such ambitious and direct action to shift the curve on child poverty.”
The £250 School Age Payment is for families with a child old enough to start primary school this August and is part of the Best Start Grant
The ‘Help to Claim’ service which is funded by the DWP but delivered by Citizens Advice Scotland does not protect the date a person makes a claim.