Scottish Child Payment

Last updated: 22/01/2020

The Scottish Government introducing new Scottish Child Payment for low-income families with children under six with the first payments made by Christmas 2020.

The Scottish Government will introduce a new Scottish Child Payment for low-income families with children under six with the first payments made by Christmas 2020. It is prioritising this age group because evidence shows that almost 60% of children in poverty live in a family with a child of six and under.

The Payment will be delivered to all remaining eligible families with children under 16 by the end of 2022, with no cap on the number of children in families.

The Scottish Child Payment will be administered by Social Security Scotland through an application-based process and will be paid on a monthly basis.

Summary:

  • payment level: £10 per week, per eligible child
  • eligibility: households with children and in receipt of a qualifying benefit (Universal Credit, Legacy Benefits and/or Pension Credit)
  • timescales: early delivery to eligible families with children under 6 by Christmas 2020. Full rollout to eligible families with children under 16 by the end of 2022

Further information about the new benefit for low income families with children under six.

It is estimated that in 2021-2022, 170,000 children aged under six in 140,000 households will be eligible for early delivery of the Scottish Child Payment.

Read the factsheet