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Over 3000 Scottish Child Payments made in the Highlands


By Louise Glen

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Shirley-Anne Sommerville
Shirley-Anne Sommerville

A new benefit to tackle child poverty has paid out £3.6 million since February.

A total of 3190 Scottish Child Payments have been made in the Highland region since its launch.

The benefit, which is unique to Scotland, is intended to help low-income families with the costs of raising a child. It gives qualifying parents and carers £40 every four weeks for each child under six.

A total of 92 per cent of the applications processed have been approved, and payments started in February.

Applications were received from people living in all 32 local authorities in Scotland, including 3650 from the Highlands.

By end of March, 3190 were made - meaning a total of £124,080 has been paid to applicants from the Highlands.

Across Scotland, an estimated 78,775 children have already benefitted from Scottish Child Payment. More than £3.6 million has been paid out overall.

Parents and carers are able to apply for all eligible children in their household in a single application and can also apply for Best Start Grants and Best Start Foods at the same time.

Scottish Child Payment is in addition to the UK wide Child Benefit.

Cabinet Secretary for Social Security, Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “It is great to see so many families benefitting from the Scottish Child Payment and that it is making a positive impact on the lives of so many children. We are working hard to tackle child poverty and it is fantastic to see the number of households being supported so quickly after the payment’s launch.

“It is a benefit unique to Scotland within the UK, and has been hailed as a potential ‘game-changer’ in the fight against child poverty.

“It shows how, with the welfare powers we have gained, we are making a real, positive difference to the lives of young people and their families, boosting the life chances of children across the country.”

READ: SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT VIEWPOINT: Apply early to get new benefit


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