Thousands of Scottish Child Payments made in West Lothian

Since its launch in February, a total of 3,295 Scottish Child Payments have been made in West Lothian.

Monday, 17th May 2021, 6:00 am
Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People. Photo by John Devlin.

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.

Applications were received from people living in all 32 local authorities in Scotland, including 3,865 from West Lothian By end of March, 3,295 payments were made - meaning a total of £122,080 has been paid to applicants from West Lothian.

Across Scotland, 78,775 children have already benefitted from Scottish Child Payments, with £3.6 million given out.

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 benefiting 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.”​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​