1,095 FAMILIES IN EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE BENEFIT FROM SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT


£188,970 IN SUPPORT GIVEN TO CHILDREN IN REGION


1,095 families in East Dunbartonshire have benefitted from the introduction of the Scottish Child Payment, with £188,970 paid out to applicants within the area.


The most recent Scottish Government figures demonstrate how many families throughout the region have benefitted from the support since its introduction in February to 30th June 2021.


So far, across Scotland 108,000 children have benefitted from the payment which provides eligible families with £10-a-week.


Commenting, SNP MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden Rona Mackay said:


“The Scottish Child Payment has been described by charities as game-changing and we are seeing that difference across Scotland and it is fantastic to see it make such a difference to the lives of families across Strathkelvin and Bearsden too.


“Not only is the Scottish Child Payment giving low-income families extra support, but coupled with other payments such as the Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods, eligible families could receive up to £5,200 extra by the time their child turns six.


“I would urge any families within my constituency who have not yet applied to do so.


“In Scotland, we are building a social security system built on fairness, dignity and respect. Contrast that with the system at Westminster where the Tories are planning on cutting Universal Credit at a time when vulnerable families need it most.”

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Notes for Editors: Figures can be viewed here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-child-payment-high-level-statistics-on-applications-to-30-june-2021/

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