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FAMILIES IN WEST LOTHIAN RECEIVE £3,026,750 IN SUPPORT FROM SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT

FAMILIES IN WEST LOTHIAN RECEIVE £3,026,750 IN SUPPORT FROM SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT

Published date : 05 September, 2022

5,090 CHILDREN IN WEST LOTHIAN HAVE BENEFITTED FROM SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT

 

5,090 children have been supported by the Scottish Child Payment since its introduction, according to figures released by the Scottish Government - with £3,026,750 having been paid to families.

 

the Scottish Child Payment of £20 per week per eligible child under 6 has been hailed 'an absolute game changer in the fight to end child poverty' by anti-poverty charities and described as a “lifesaver" by parents. 

 

The payment, unique to Scotland and in place since February 2021, provides regular financial support to parents and carers to help with the costs of caring for a child and latest research has also found that the payment is contributing to reducing child poverty in Scotland.

 

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:

 

"During a Tory-made cost of living crisis, it is great to see the progress being made with the Scottish Child Payment - especially knowing the huge difference it has made to 5,090 children in West Lothian since its introduction.

 

"I know the severe pressures facing household across my Constituency just now and that families are struggling to get by and the £3,026,750 support that the Scottish Child Payment is providing support for low income households is lifesaving. 

 

"Sadly, we know that the cost of living is only set to increase so I am glad that families will benefit even further from this payment increasing to £25 per week and being extended to under 16 year olds by the end of the year. 

 

"During these difficult times, the Scottish Government is taking the bold action it can to support families with the powers at its disposal but sadly it is battling against a cruel Tory Westminster government refusing to take any meaningful action to help people.

 

"This level of negligence by Westminster is inexcusable and down right cruel. It illustrates exactly why we need to have the full welfare and tax powers of an independent country so we can build a fairer country."

 

ENDS

 

NOTES

 

Below table pulled from Scottish Child Payment tables Aug 2022 (Information is calculated from introduction on 14/2/21 to end June 2022).

 

Local Authority

FIGURE 1

Authorised applications

(Table 4)

FIGURE 2

Value of Payments

(Table 8)

Total

137,430

£83,899,860

Aberdeen City

4,480

£2,732,860

Aberdeenshire

3,815

£2,378,600

Angus

2,785

£1,730,020

Argyll and Bute

1,610

£1,042,170

Clackmannanshire

1,535

£926,030

Dumfries and Galloway

3,625

£2,285,460

Dundee City

4,710

£2,862,540

East Ayrshire

4,150

£2,498,600

East Dunbartonshire

1,465

£890,600

East Lothian

2,435

£1,442,350

East Renfrewshire

1,280

£802,640

Edinburgh, City of

9,005

£5,455,470

Falkirk

4,055

£2,520,990

Fife

10,470

£6,449,670

Glasgow City

22,830

£13,744,240

Highland

4,760

£2,957,520

Inverclyde

2,250

£1,352,840

Midlothian

2,585

£1,607,650

Moray

1,895

£1,185,990

Na h-Eileanan Siar

365

£246,230

North Ayrshire

4,535

£2,745,460

North Lanarkshire

11,055

£6,670,130

Orkney Islands

265

£175,960

Perth and Kinross

2,890

£1,810,160

Renfrewshire

4,455

£2,707,170

Scottish Borders

2,455

£1,504,260

Shetland Islands

280

£172,450

South Ayrshire

2,645

£1,644,060

South Lanarkshire

8,130

£5,058,990

Stirling

1,555

£974,200

West Dunbartonshire

3,190

£1,911,300

West Lothian

5,090

£3,026,750

 

 

  

  


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