Scottish Child Payment

Last updated: 27/01/2023

The Scottish Child Payment is a weekly payment of £25, from the Scottish Government, for every child you look after who’s under 16 years of age. You’ll get the payment every 4 weeks from the date that you apply if your application is successful.

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Scottish Child Payment

Since November the 14th 2022, Scottish Child Payment has increased to £25 per week and is paid for each child up to their 16th birthday.

When will Scottish Child Payment be paid?

Social Security Scotland received a high volume of applications to Scottish Child Payment when it extended to under-16-year-olds. While they have already paid the first payments to a number of parents, there is a large number of applications that have still to be processed.

Some clients who applied for the first time, or who added an extra child to an existing application, may not have had their decisions yet. Social Security Scotland aims to ensure that the majority of people who applied before Christmas will see their application processed before the end of February. They will send out texts to keep you updated, so there is no need to contact them.

If you have an enquiry about your claim, their contact number is 0800 182 2222.

Please note that this information is for reference only. One Parent Families Scotland is not part of Social Security Scotland and have no control over the processing of claims.

Who can get it?

You can apply whether you’re in work or not, as long as you are getting one or more of the following benefits:

  • 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
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit

Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction and Child Benefit on their own are not qualifying benefits for Scottish Child Payment. You must be getting  or waiting on the outcome of one of the benefits above.

If you are a kinship carer, you can apply for Scottish Child Payment if you can show you look after the child you are the kinship carer for. This can be:

  • a letter from your local authority
  • a copy of a legal order for example a Kinship Care Order or Guardianship Order.

How to apply

You can apply online here: Apply online for the Scottish Child Payment on Social Security Scotland

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

Applications for children aged 6 to 15 inclusive have been taken since November 14 2022. You should apply as soon as possible, to ensure you get all the payments you are entitled to.

If you already getting Scottish Child Payments for children under 6 you can add other children to your existing claim online or by calling the Social Security Scotland freephone helpline – 0800 182 2222

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.

How it is paid

The Scottish Child Payment is paid every 4 weeks into your bank account. It may be some weeks before you receive your first payment as it will take time to process your application, but it will be backdated to when you applied.