OPFS responds to new Scottish Child Payment
Following on from calls from OPFS and Scottish Society to speed up the introduction of a new income supplement to tackle child poverty the Scottish Government has today announced a new ‘Scottish Child Payment’. This will see eligible families receive an extra £10 per week from 2020/21.
Marion Davis, Head of Policy and Strategy at OPFS said:
“We are absolutely delighted that Scottish Government has listened to parents about the pressures they are under and is bringing forward a new Scottish Child Payment for families on a low income.
We are particularly pleased that there will be no cap on the number of children entitled to support through the new Scottish Child Payment. We have worked closely with Social Security Scotland to involve parents in removing barriers to claiming the new Best Start Grant. We look forward to enabling parents help influence the application process to ensure maximum take-up of this vital new benefit. We call on the Westminster Government to add to this positive policy by removing the 2 child limit on social security for families and to end the benefit cap which traps so many children in poverty.”