The Scottish Child Payment is to be increased from £20 to £25 when the benefit is extended to under 16s by the end of this year.
“With more than a quarter of a million children affected, poverty is the most significant human rights issue facing children in Scotland.”
“A major reason for the higher incidence of early deaths was poverty and its impact across the whole of a child’s life”
The research by the Child Poverty Action Group estimates that over 19% of children in Orkney and Shetland will suffer do to the imposition of the 2 child benefit cap.
“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.”
nearly half a million food parcels were distributed in Scotland last year.
“If we are serious about reducing the attainment gap, then we need to ensure that our schools do not have costs which impact on young people’s time at school including their opportunity to learn”
Increasing family incomes and reducing living costs are prioritised in the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan
The number of children in Orkney on the Child Protection register continues to fall at 0.9 per 1,000 in 2017.