Since it started (2020) 6,435 payments have been made in Orkney amounting to £793,765.
A new nursery is to be built next to the Orkney College campus of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) in Kirkwall.
“It’s now vital that everyone affected by the benefit cap applies to their local authority for a Discretionary Housing Payment to replace as far as possible the cash support removed by the cap. The Scottish Government has done the right thing, now the UK Government must act to scrap the cap altogether.” John Dickie, Chair of the Child Poverty Action Group
The Baby Box – an idea taken from a successful scheme in Finland – has £400 worth of items in it. It is available free to every expectant mum who wishes one for each baby she has.
The final quarterly Bridging Payment, due in December, will now be doubled to £260, meaning families will receive up to £650 per eligible child this year.
“Whole Family Wellbeing Funding aims to transform the way support is delivered by ensuring families can access seamless support that meets their individual needs.” Scottish Government Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville
The funding supports existing summer holiday programmes for those aged 5 – 14. It can also be used to develop new ones.
“All children deserve equal support and resources, and I really feel the scheme has strengthened this message in the past five years” Emma Roddick MSP, SNP Highlands and Islands
The Scottish Government’s Best Start Grant School Age Payment supports families with children old enough to start primary school.
The Scottish Child Payment helps towards the costs of supporting families.