Increase in Scottish child payment and extension of age limit
Scottish Child Payment has been increased and extended to include eligible children up to the age of 16.
The Scottish Government has announced that the Scottish Child Payment has been increased and the age at which a child is eligible has been extended. The new extension is expected to help another 300,000 eligible children across Scotland.
The payment was first launched in February 2021 and ensured that financial support would be given to eligible families and carers. The initial payment was £10 per week per child under six.
The Scottish Government estimates the extended and increased payment could lift 50,000 children out of poverty in the 2023/24 calendar year. This would mean a reduction of five percentage points according to the Scottish Government’s latest forecast released in March.
The Scottish child payment is part of a larger package of five Family Payments including: Best Start Pregnancy and Baby Grant Payment Best Start Early Learning Grant Payment Best Start Grant Payment school age and Best Start foods. You can read more about payments on the Scottish Government website.
John Dickie, director of the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, spoke about the increase and said: ‘The rollout of Scottish Child Payment over five years and the increase in its value to £25 a week marks an extremely welcome for families in difficulty. across Scotland and a real step towards ending child poverty.
“This is a significant and unique increase in Scotland in family incomes at a time when it is needed more than ever. It is now vital that we all spread the word as widely as possible and ensure that all eligible families apply and that every child is entitled to benefits. »
So how much has Scottish Child Payment increased and are you eligible to receive it? Here’s everything you need to know about the extension.
How much is the new Scottish Child Payment?
The Scottish Child Payment has today been increased to £25, meaning the payment has seen a 150% increase in the eight months since its launch. At the time of the increase and extension of the Scottish Government website confirmed that 104,000 children were already receiving the payment and they would automatically see the payment increased to £25 a week.
How old do children have to be to qualify for Scottish Child Payment?
The age limit has been extended to include eligible children up to 16 years old.
How to know if you are eligible and can apply
To apply for Scottish Child Payment you need to meet a few criteria.
- Eligible members must live in Scotland
- Eligible members receive certain benefits or payments
- Eligible members are the main person caring for a child under the age of six
- Eligible members do not have to work and can apply to receive Universal Credit; Child tax credit; income support; pension credit; work tax credit; Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA); Employment and Income Support Benefit (ESA)
Families and carers can find out more and apply for Scottish Child Payment at Scottish Government website or by calling Social Security Scotland free of charge on 0800 182 2222.
What did Nicola Sturgeon say about the increase?
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon issued a statement on the matter: “This is an important day for many families across Scotland as we are making significant additional financial support available to tackle child poverty. The Scottish Child Payment is unique in Scotland and is the most ambitious child poverty reduction measure in the UK.
“At a time when the cost of living crisis is causing significant hardship for many families, this increased payment of £1,300 per eligible child is even more vital, and the age extension means it is now available for many more children. We want to make sure that everyone gets the help that is available to them. Parents or guardians who are on Universal Credit or other benefits and who have children under 16 should check with Social Security Scotland if they are eligible.