“The Scottish Child Payment has supported 765 Orkney children over the period of its existence so far, bringing £793,765 into the islands.”
Since it started (2020) 6,435 payments have been made in Orkney amounting to £793,765.
“We are also now seeing the impact of the Scottish Child Payment being increased to £25 per week and extended to children and young people up to the age of 16” Emma Roddick MSP
“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.” – Polly Jones, Head of Scotland at the Trussell Trust
The Scottish Child Payment was increased in November last year, the eligibility criteria for Scottish Child Payment, Best Start Foods and Best Start Grant were widened to include kinship carers who had a pre-existing relationship with a child they care for, even if they are not related to the child.
“We want to make sure that everyone gets the help available to them. Parents or carers who are on universal credit, tax credits or other benefits and who have children under 16 should check through Social Security Scotland if they are eligible.” Shona Robison
“Monday was a real watershed moment for families across the country as the Scottish Child Payment, a payment unique to Scotland within the UK, was raised from £20 to £25 and extended to include eligible children up to age 16.”
“As MSPs returned to Holyrood this week I was pleased to welcome Tuesday’s Programme for Government.”
The Scottish Child Payment helps towards the costs of supporting families.
The Scottish Government’s Scottish Child Payment, which is set to double to £20 per child per week in April, has already helped 235 children in Orkney.