Scottish Child Payment and Bridging Payments

Last updated: 13/10/2021

The Scottish Child Payment is £10 per 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 £10 per week given by the Scottish Government for each eligible child under 6 years old.

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
  • 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

Payments start from Monday 15th February 2021. If you applied before Monday 15/02/21 you will get a decision on whether you are eligible and should receive your  first payment no later than the end of April.

Applications made after the 16th of February you will only be award the payment from the application date so parents should apply as soon as they become eligible.

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.

When the payment is in place it will stop when your child reaches 6 until the second roll out for children aged 6- 16.

Apply online for the Scottish Child Payment

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

Take a look at the explainer video.


Scottish Child Payment Bridging Payment

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

Families with children aged 6 to 15, who get free school meals because of household income, will receive the next bridging payments of £320 per child before Christmas.  

The £320 will be given in 2 payments, the first in October and the next in December. Two payments of £100 have already been made via local councils, taking the total to £520 this year. 

This is equivalent to the Scottish Child Payment of £10-a-week paid to families with children under six in receipt of qualifying benefits.  


Who can get it? 

To get the bridging payments your child needs to be aged 6 – 15 years old and you must also have 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 to apply

All P1 to P4 pupils are entitled to free school meals however only the families getting them because of their income will receive these payments. You must therefore apply so the council knows your income. See your local council’s website for how to apply. 


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 SCP Bridging Payments so she will need to apply for school meals although she is already getting them. Once Corrine has applied she will get £320 (£160 for each of her older children) in October and £320 in December because her universal credit is under £625 per month. She is already getting £10 per week SCP for her 3 year old. 

If you are eligible and have already applied for free school meals you will receive the bridging payment without applying and completing further forms.  

Payments will be made into your bank account. 

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