Scottish Government delays Scottish Child Payment to February 2021

Date: 4th September 2020
Category: Child poverty

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Scottish Government recently announced a further delay to Scottish Child Payment. The Scottish Child Payment will now open for applications in November, with first payments from the end of February 2021.

The announcement was part of Scottish Government’s progress report on Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan. The delay of this payment means low-income families with a child under six will miss out on £10 per week, per child, pushing more families into poverty.  In response, the End Child Poverty Coalition urged Scottish Government to commit to a direct financial support package for low income families prior to the 2021-21 Programme for Government.

The calls made by End Child Poverty Coalition have been echoed by the Children and Young People’s Commissioner, Poverty and Inequality Commission and Joseph Rowntree Foundation.