Scottish Child Payment and Bridging Payments

Last updated: 04/05/2022

The Scottish Child Payment is £20 a week given to eligible families for each child under the age of 6.

It will be rolled out to children between the age of 6 and 16 by the end of 2022. Until then the Scottish Government will pay eligible families Scottish Child Payment Bridging Payments.

The payments do not affect any other benefits you are receiving.

 

Scottish Child Payment factsheet

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Scottish Child Payment

The Scottish Child Payment is £20 per week given by the Scottish Government for each eligible child under 6 years old.

It will be rolled out to children between the age of 6 and 16 by the end of 2022.

Who can get it?

You can get it for each child under 6 years old if you are receiving one of the benefits below:

  • Universal Credit, or waiting for your first payment of Universal Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit

How to apply

Apply online for the Scottish Child Payment

You can also apply via freephone helpline on 0800 182 2222 or ask for an application form to be sent to you that you can fill in and return.

If you included your mobile number on your application, you will receive a text every two weeks to update you on the progress of your application until you receive your decision letter.

Take a look at the explainer video.

How it is paid

The Scottish Child Payment is paid into your bank account.

If your child turns 6, before it is rolled out to children 6 and over, payments will stop and you can apply for a Scottish Child Payment Bridging Payment.

If your child turns 6 after Scottish Child Payment has been rolled out to children 6 and over your payments will continue, until your child is 16, as long as you still get a qualifying benefit.

 

Scottish Child Payment Bridging Payment

The Scottish Child Payment will be extended to all eligible under-16s by the end of 2022. The Scottish Government has introduced payments to bridge the gap until then. These are called Scottish Child Payment Bridging Payments.

Who can get it?

Families with children aged 6 and over, who get free school meals because of household income, can get the bridging payment. This includes families with children 16 and over.

You must also be getting one of the following:

  • Both Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit with a household income of £7500 or less or
  • Universal Credit with a monthly earned income of not more than £625 or
  • Child Tax Credit only with an annual income of less than £16,105 or
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance or
  • Be an Asylum Seeker, receiving support under part IV of the Immigration Act 1999.

How much is it and how is it paid?

In 2022 eligible families, will receive 4 equal payments of £130 will be made at Easter, Summer, October and Christmas. The payments will be made in line with the start of the school holidays.

The Scottish Child Payment Bridging Payment is paid by your local council into your bank account. Each council will decide when to pay it so the date it is paid may be different in each council area.

Contact your local council or see their website for more details.

How to apply

You need to apply for free school meals to be assessed for the bridging payment. You can only get the bridging payment if your children get free school meals because of your income.

If your children are getting free school meals because they are in P1 -P4 you will still need to apply to be assessed for the bridging payment .

If you have already applied for free school meals, and your children are getting them, you will receive the bridging payment automatically without having to complete further forms.

See your local council’s website for how to apply for free school meals. 

Example:

Corinne has 3 children aged 3, 7 and 8. Corinne is getting Universal Credit and earns £563 a month. Her 2 oldest children get free school meals because all children in P1 – P4 get them so she did not need to apply to the council.

The council needs to know her income so they can give her the Scottish Child Payment Bridging Payments so she will need to apply for school meals although she is already getting them. Once Corrine has applied, she will get £260 (£130 for each of her older children) in Easter, summer, October and Christmas because her Universal Credit is under £625 per month. She is already getting £20 per week Scottish Child Payment for her 3-year-old.

Payments will be made into your bank account.

See mygov.scot for more information.