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Scottish Child Payment could support up to 194,000 children

Wednesday September 9th, 2020

Forecasts suggest around 24,000 additional children will qualifymoney

Latest figures from the Scottish Fiscal Commission estimate that 194,000 children aged under six in Scotland will be eligible for the new Scottish Child Payment.

This is an increase of 14% in eligible children since the Scottish Government’s forecast in June 2019, accounting for the increased Universal Credit caseload – one of the main qualifying benefits – due to Covid-19.

The forecast comes as legislation is laid today to allow for the delivery of the benefit – which will give eligible families £10 a week per child under six.

The legislation details plans to open early for applications to manage anticipated high demand for Scottish Child Payment.

Taking applications from November will allow Social Security Scotland to start processing the expected thousands of forms before the official opening date in mid-February. The official opening date is when entitlement to the Scottish Child Payment will begin.

People will get a letter following the official opening date advising them of the outcome of their application and, if successful, when to expect a payment.

For those that applied ahead of the official opening date, their payment will be calculated from when entitlement begins. If they apply after this date, it will be calculated from the date of their application.

The first payments will start from the end of February 2021.

The Scottish Child Payment together with Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods will provide over £5,200 of financial support for families by the time their first child turns six. For second and subsequent children this will provide over £4,900.

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