Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
26 June 2019
New Scottish Child Payment "an absolute game changer in fight to end child poverty" say campaigners
£10 a week payment a "landmark recognition of the role Scottish social security can play in ending child poverty"
Welcoming today's Scottish Government announcement of a new £10 a week Scottish Child Payment for low income families, John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said:
"This new payment is an absolute game changer in the fight to end child poverty. £10 a week for each child will make a real difference to families struggling to put food on the table, heat their homes and pay for the ordinary school trips, sport and other activities that are fundamental to a decent childhood. Today's announcement is a landmark recognition of the role the Scottish social security system can play in ending child poverty. It's now vital that the UK government follows suit and starts to use its powers in an equally positive way and scraps the universal credit two child limit and restores UK benefits following the freeze, so that government at every level works together to protect children from poverty."
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/publications/tackling-child-poverty-delivery-plan-f...
For further comment or interviews please contact John Dickie, Director of CPAG in Scotland, on 07795 340 618