Scottish Child Payment

Last updated: 02/03/2021

You could be entitled to the new Scottish Child Payment which will give eligible families £10 per week  for each child under six to help with the costs of looking after your child.

The first decision and payments for parents who qualify and have children under six have started from Monday 15th February 2021. If you  applied before Monday 15/02/21 you will  get a decision and should receive your  first payment no later than the end of April.

Scottish Child Payment Factsheet

Download further details on the payment


The quicker you apply the sooner a decision can be made on your application so we’d encourage everyone who’s eligible to apply as soon as they can. If you have applied after the 16th of February you will only be award the payment from the date that you apply so the longer you leave it the more you will miss out.

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.

If your child is aged five or under and you receive Child Tax Credit, Income Support, Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit, Universal Credit, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance you should be able to get the Scottish Child Payment.

You can apply via freephone helpline on 0800 182 2222, by post or online.

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

The new benefit, which will give eligible families on low incomes with children under 16 an extra £10 per week for each child, is planned to be fully rolled out to children under the age of 16 by the end of 2022.


The payment is £10 per week for each qualifying child. The payment will be made to the parent getting 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
Apply online for the Scottish Child Payment

You can also apply via freephone helpline on 0800 182 2222, by post or online.

Take a look at the explainer video.