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SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT OPENS EARLY FOR APPLICATIONS

SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT OPENS EARLY FOR APPLICATIONS

Published date : 04 November, 2020

The new Scottish Child Payment - which has been described as a “game-changer” in the fight to tackle child poverty - will open early for applications this month.

 

MSP Angela Constance has encouraged parents and carers in West Lothian who are eligible to apply now so that the Scottish Government can process and start making payments as quickly as possible once the benefit starts in February next year.

 

The Scottish Government has prioritised the early introduction of the new benefit, which will provide eligible families on low incomes with a child under 6, an extra £10 per week for each child. 

 

Latest figures estimate that 194,000 children aged under-6 in Scotland will be eligible for the new Scottish Child Payment - with over 7,200 children set to benefit across West Lothian.

 

Ms Constance said: 

 

“The Scottish Child Payment is an ambitious, game-changing new benefit which will directly tackle child poverty in West Lothian and across Scotland. 

 

“This support is needed more than ever, and it’s early introduction for under 6s - almost two years ahead of the original commitment for a new payment - will be a lifeline for so many families. 

 

 

“This benefit will be a lifeline for many children, young people and their families in West Lothian. I’d encourage anyone who is eligible to apply as soon as possible.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes: 

 

 

The below calculations use the NRS mid-year population stats by age and local authority Calculations are based on the latest 194,000 figure and are estimates of the local population.  https://www.socialsecurity.gov.scot/guidance-resources/resources

 

 

Council areas

Express as

Aberdeen City

over 8,000

Aberdeenshire

over 10,000

Angus

nearly 4,000

Argyll and Bute

over 2,500

City of Edinburgh

over 17,500

Clackmannanshire

over 1,800

Dumfries and Galloway

over 4,500

Dundee City

over 5,200

East Ayrshire

over 4,400

East Dunbartonshire

about 4,000

East Lothian

over 4,000

East Renfrewshire

over 3,700

Falkirk

about 5,700

Fife

around 13,300

Glasgow City

over 23,200

Highland

around 7,800

Inverclyde

over 2,500

Midlothian

around 4,100

Moray

over 3,100

Na h-Eileanan Siar

over 800

North Ayrshire

over 4,400

North Lanarkshire

nearly 13,000

Orkney Islands

over 700

Perth and Kinross

over 4,800

Renfrewshire

over 6,300

Scottish Borders

over 3,800

Shetland Islands

over 800

South Ayrshire

over 3,500

South Lanarkshire

over 11,800

Stirling

over 3,000

West Dunbartonshire

over 3,200

West Lothian

over 7,200

 

  


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