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New Scottish Child Payment starts next week

Tuesday 9th February 2021

The Scottish Child Payment, a new benefit for low income families in Scotland with young children starts next week.

If you live in Scotland, and are on certain low income benefits, you can receive an extra £10 per week from Social Security Scotland for each child in your family who is aged under 6. This is known as the Scottish Child Payment.

This new benefit in Scotland starts from Monday 15 Feb. Payments can't be backdated so if you don't want to miss out act now by applying to Social Security Scotland on 0800 182 2222 or on-line at https://www.mygov.scot/scottish-child-payment/how-to-apply/

So long as you claim before the 15 Feb your award will start from that date although you will not receive payments until after 22 Feb. If you don't claim until some point after 15 Feb, your award will start from the date that you apply. 

Will I qualify for a Scottish Child Payment?

To qualify for a Scottish Child Payment a family must be living in Scotland and receiving 'a qualifying benefit'. This means you must be getting one of the following means-tested benefits:

  • Child Tax Credit.
  • Universal Credit.
  • Income Support.
  • Pension Credit.
  • Working Tax Credit.
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance.
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

If you get one of these benefits you can apply for a Scottish Child Payment of £10 per week for each child in your family who is aged under 6. This will be paid every 4 weeks.

Eventually the Scottish Government plans to extend the Scottish Child Payment to children in low income families who are aged 6-15 but this isn't expected until late 2022.

More Information

Listen to our podcast on the Scottish Child Payment.

You can also find out more information about welfare benefits in Scotland at at our webpage on Welfare Benefits in Scotland.