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.”
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
Argyll and Bute
City of Edinburgh
Dumfries and Galloway
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Perth and Kinross
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