Scottish Child Payment to increase to £20 per week

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Thursday 2 December 2021

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First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has this week announced that the Scottish government will be doubling the Scottish Child Payment from £10 to £20 per week, starting from April 2022.

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 six 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 one of the following applies:

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

How do I apply for the Scottish Child Payment?

The payment is made by Social Security Scotland. To apply, either call Social Security Scotland on 0800 182 2222 or visit

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.

You can also read about financial support from Scottish local authorities.

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