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4525 CHILDREN IN WEST LOTHIAN BENEFITTING FROM ‘GAME CHANGING’ SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT

4525 CHILDREN IN WEST LOTHIAN BENEFITTING FROM ‘GAME CHANGING’ SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT

Published date : 07 March, 2022

Angela Constance MSP has welcomed statistics out today which show that approximately 4525 children in West Lothian are in receipt of the Scottish Government’s Scottish Child Payment, set to double to £20 per child per week in April.

 

The payment was introduced in 2021 to support low-income families with children aged under six by providing regular, additional financial support for families already in receipt of qualifying benefits to assist with the costs of caring for a child.

 

As of 31 December 2021, it is estimated that 104,000 children across Scotland were in receipt of Scottish Child Payment – equating to £45.2 million worth of payments by the Scottish Government – and that is expected to rise to over 400,000 eligible children by the end 2022 which is when the benefit will be extended to children under the age of 16.

 

Commenting Ms Constance said:

 

“I am delighted that 4525 children across West Lothian  are benefitting from the Scottish Child Payment which will double in just a month’s time.

 

“Come April, this means that these children and families in West Lothian receive £20 per child per week - four times the amount originally demanded by campaigners and illustrating just how focussed the Scottish Government is on meeting Scotland’s Child Poverty targets.

 

ENDS

 

NOTES

 

Scottish Child Payment: high level statistics to 31 December 2021

 

Table 4: Applications for Scottish Child Payment by local authority (from above statistics):

 

Local Authority
[note 1][note 2][note 3]

Authorised applications

[F.1]

Total

120,260

Aberdeen City

3,870

Aberdeenshire

3,295

Angus

2,395

Argyll and Bute

1,400

Clackmannanshire

1,330

Dumfries and Galloway

3,175

Dundee City

4,070

East Ayrshire

3,660

East Dunbartonshire

1,255

East Lothian

2,075

East Renfrewshire

1,130

Edinburgh, City of

7,995

Falkirk

3,580

Fife

9,170

Glasgow City

20,155

Highland

4,075

Inverclyde

1,955

Midlothian

2,255

Moray

1,630

Na h-Eileanan Siar

325

North Ayrshire

3,990

North Lanarkshire

9,670

Orkney Islands

235

Perth and Kinross

2,525

Renfrewshire

3,910

Scottish Borders

2,150

Shetland Islands

245

South Ayrshire

2,325

South Lanarkshire

7,125

Stirling

1,360

West Dunbartonshire

2,795

West Lothian

4,525

Unknown - Scottish address

290

Non-Scottish postcode

295

No address

25

   

 

  


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