Campaigners welcome budget boost for struggling families | CPAG

Campaigners welcome budget boost for struggling families

Published on: 
09 March 2021
Written by: 

Kirsty McKechnie

Welfare rights adviser, Early Warning System

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland

Media Release

For immediate release

 

8th March 2021

 

Campaigners welcome budget boost for struggling families

· New cash payments for struggling families and free school meal roll out ‘will help boost incomes and cut costs that parents face’

 

Campaigners today welcomed further budget commitments agreed between the Scottish government and Scottish Greens. The deal, announced today Monday 8th March, includes two further £100 payments for children in receipt of free school meals, following on from winter and spring payments this year, as well as a new Pandemic Support Payment of £130 to households receiving Council Tax Reduction. Resources are also committed to rolling out free school meals to all primary school pupils.

 

The Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, John Dickie, said:

 

“These are really welcome commitments that have been secured. They will help boost the incomes of hard up parents as well as reduce the costs they face. We can’t let poverty blight any of our children’s life chances so this needs to be the start not the end of putting in place the cash support families so desperately need. In delivering these new payments local and national government must also find ways to support hard up families who may fall through the eligibility gaps, and looking ahead substantial increases to the new Scottish child payment are still urgently needed.”

 

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For further comment of background contact John Dickie, Director of CPAG in Scotland on 07795 340 618

 

Details of the new budget commitment can be found here https://www.gov.scot/news/budget-deal-secured/