Scottish Child Payment increases to £20 per week from April

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Monday 28 March 2022

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From April the Scottish Child Payment will be doubling from £10 to £20 per week. If you are a family in Scotland on means tested benefits and have a child aged under 6, make sure you are claim this benefit if you have not already done so.

What is the Scottish Child Payment?

The Scottish child payment is an extra amount paid to low income families for each child they have aged under 6 years. From late 2022 the payment will be extended to children aged under 16. The payment does not impact on any other benefits you receive.

Who qualifies for the Scottish Child Payment?

To qualify for a Scottish child payment a family must live in Scotland and must be receiving ‘a qualifying benefit’. This means you must be getting one of the following:

You also need to show that you are the person responsible for the child in question. You are treated as responsible for them if:

  • You get child benefit for them; or
  • The child is included in your Universal Credit, tax credits or Pension Credit claim; or
  • You are their kinship carer.

How do I apply for the Scottish Child Payment?

The payment is made by Social Security Scotland. To apply, you can either call Social Security Scotland on 0800 182 2222 or visit the Scottish Government website here.

Further information

You can find out more about the Scottish Child Payment and other welfare benefits in Scotland at our webpages on welfare benefits in Scotland.