The Scottish Government announced on 26 June 2019 that it would use its devolved powers to introduce a new benefit for children in lower income families. The original plan was to introduce the Scottish child payment for eligible families with a child under 6 in December 2020. As a result of the coronavirus outbreak this has now been delayed and the Scottish Government's new plan is to start taking applications for these payments at the end of 2020, with first payments being made from 2021.
|2021||Scottish child payment introduced for eligible families with a child under 6|
|end 2022||Scottish child payment delivered to all eligible families with a child under 16|
The Scottish child payment will be available to families responsible for a child of the relevant age, if the applicant or partner is in receipt of:
- universal credit
- child tax credit
- working tax credit
- income support
- pension credit
- income-based jobseeker's allowance
- income-related employment and support allowance
It is expected that any amount of qualifying benefit payable will be sufficient to qualify, regardless of other income or earnings, and if benefit has been reduced due to sanctions or deductions. It is expected that the qualifying benefit must be payable to a claimant registered at a Scottish address.
What you'll get
The Scottish child payment will be £10 a week per child, payable every four weeks. There will be no limit on payment according to the number of children in families, so the Scottish child payment will still be payable for a child affected by the two child limit in universal credit or child tax credit. The Scottish Government will consider whether to increase the value of the Scottish child payment each year with inflation.
How you'll apply
You'll be able to apply for a Scottish child payment, probably from the end of 2020, to Social Security Scotland by phone, online or in writing.
How you'll be paid
Payment will be made every four weeks in arrears, direct into your account.