FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3 September 2019
Campaigners welcome introduction of new benefit being brought forward
As part of today’s Programme for Government, the Scottish Government announced a commitment to commence payments of the new Scottish Child Payment ahead of schedule. The new benefit for low income families will now be available to families with children under the age of six by Christmas 2020. The Scottish Child Payment will be paid to all eligible families with children up to 16 years of age by 2022.
Welcoming today's announcement, John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said:
"Too many families are struggling now to simply provide the basic necessities for their children so it’s great to hear that introduction of the new Scottish Child Payment is being brought forward. It’s now vital that everything possible is done to promote take up of what has the potential to be a real lifeline for families who have seen their incomes squeezed by UK social security cuts at the same time as the costs of raising a family are rising."
The ‘Scottish Child Payment’ will be paid at £10 per week per child, for families who receive qualifying benefits such as Universal Credit. It is intended that the payment will be available for all eligible families with a child under 16 by the end of 2022. Scottish Government estimate that the Scottish Child Payment will cost £180 million in 2023-2024, lifting 30,000 children out of poverty and reducing the relative child poverty rate by an estimated three percentage points.
More details of the Scottish Governments announcement and new payment can be found at https://www.gov.scot/programme-for-government/
For further comment or interviews please contact John Dickie, Director of CPAG in Scotland, on 07795 340 618