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"LIFESAVER” SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT HELPING REDUCE CHILD POVERTY

"LIFESAVER” SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT HELPING REDUCE CHILD POVERTY

Published date : 04 August, 2022

“LIFESAVER” SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT HELPING REDUCE CHILD POVERTY

SCOTLAND’S SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM IN STARK CONTRAST TO WESTMINSTER

New research has found that the Scottish Child Payment is contributing to reducing child poverty in Scotland - with one of the parents describing it as a “lifesaver.”

The interim evaluation by Ipsos Mori looked at the impact of the new benefit introduced in Scotland by the Scottish Government in February 2021 which was described as 'an absolute game changer in the fight to end child poverty' by anti-poverty charities.

The findings of this latest evaluation show:
 

· Scottish Child Payment and its eligibility criteria are well understood
· Scottish Child Payment is taken up
· The application is clear and easy
· Applications are processed in a timely manner
· Awareness is raised about other forms of support
· Clients feel they have been treated with dignity, fairness and respect.


The evaluation states that the payment "helps to reduce the financial pressure on households, and generally makes a positive difference to peoples’ lives." It goes on to underline that "Scottish Child Payment has contributed to reducing food poverty" and highlights that 'the application process is considered quick and straightforward' overall.

The Scottish Child Payment is set to increase to £25 per week and be rolled out to all children up to 16 years old by the end of the year.

Commenting Almond Valley MSP Angela Constance said:

"It is incredibly encouraging to see more evidence that the Scottish Child Payment is making a positive difference to families and children across Scotland - and that positive impact it is having will only grow when the Scottish Government increases the payment to £25 per week and is extended to under 16 year olds.

"The Scottish Child Payment was always going to play a substantial role in our fight to end child poverty but, at a time when the pressures on households budgets is increasing dramatically, it is undeniably providing a lifeline for some of the most vulnerable households in our communities.

"When it comes to tackling poverty, the difference between the determination of Scottish Government and the shameful silence of Westminster.

"The Scottish Government will continue to use the powers at its disposal to make a difference, but progress is clearly being held back by the inaction of the UK government. The only way to build a fairer, wealthier and happier country is for Scotland to have the full welfare and tax powers of an independent country."

ENDS

Interim Evaluation of Scottish Child Payment
  

 
 


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