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3,655 LOCAL CHILDREN BENEFIT FROM SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT

£3.95 MILLION PAID OUT IN SUPPORT LOCALLY


More than 3,600 children in East Dunbartonshire have benefitted from the Scottish Child Payment, according to the latest figures released by the Scottish Government - with £3.95 million paid out to families.


The payment of £25 per week, available to eligible children under the age of 16, is one of five family payments available from the Scottish Government which provide regular financial support to low income families.


The Scottish Child Payment is designed to combat child poverty and support families across Scotland, and these figures demonstrate the significant impact of this for 3,655 local children in need, and 316,190 across the whole of Scotland, the latter a rise of more than 13,000 compared to March 31 2023. The Scottish Fiscal Commission had forecast the average take-up in 2023/24 would be 309,000.


Following its introduction in February 2021, the payment, one of the most ambitious anti-poverty measure to be implemented in the UK, has been hailed as a “game-changer” in tackling child poverty by the Child Poverty Action Group and described as a “lifesaver" by parents.


Commenting, SNP MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Rona Mackay said: “The Scottish Child payment was designed to tackle child poverty head on, so it is great to see the SNP’s benefit providing real support to so many children in my constituency.


“I am conscious that, as we head into the winter months, and with the Tory-made cost of living crisis continuing to affect local households, families will face even greater challenges, with many struggling to make ends meet. The Scottish Child Payment will therefore be even more vital.


“Having increased the Scottish Child Payment by 150% since its introduction and expanded eligibility to under 16s, it is clear the SNP Scottish Government is determined to use the powers it has to tackle child poverty and support Scotland’s most vulnerable families.


“The profound impact of the Scottish Child Payment, in the face of both Westminster parties' pursuit of cruel policies and cuts, perfectly demonstrates the need for Scotland to have the full welfare and tax powers of an independent country. Only this way can we build a fairer and more prosperous country."

ENDS


NOTES


Below table pulled from Scottish Child Payment Tables Aug 2023 (information calculated on 30th June 2023)


Local Authority area


Number of children

[FIGURE 1]

Value of Payments

[FIGURE 2]

Total

316,190

£352,690,935

Aberdeen City

10,165

£11,441,250

Aberdeenshire

9,450

£10,268,405

Angus

6,350

£7,194,780

Argyll and Bute

4,125

£4,448,355

Clackmannanshire

3,575

£3,944,395

Dumfries and Galloway

8,985

£9,918,000

Dundee City

10,770

£11,970,360

East Ayrshire

8,760

£10,059,685

East Dunbartonshire

3,655

£3,953,015

East Lothian

5,480

£6,087,705

East Renfrewshire

3,520

£3,801,315

Edinburgh, City of

20,185

£22,317,645

Falkirk

10,085

£11,190,220

Fife

24,305

£27,141,225

Glasgow City

50,885

£56,581,245

Highland

11,490

£12,646,075

Inverclyde

5,250

£5,851,840

Midlothian

5,955

£6,657,315

Moray

4,595

£5,056,925

Na h-Eileanan Siar

955

£1,043,130

North Ayrshire

10,335

£11,670,280

North Lanarkshire

23,610

£26,728,800

Orkney Islands

765

£793,765

Perth and Kinross

7,055

£7,761,555

Renfrewshire

10,300

£11,450,080

Scottish Borders

5,705

£6,303,075

Shetland Islands

775

£792,510

South Ayrshire

6,145

£6,856,990

South Lanarkshire

19,115

£21,384,600

Stirling

3,720

£4,157,385

West Dunbartonshire

6,990

£7,918,300

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