ALL ELIGIBLE FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN UNDER-16 CAN NOW APPLY FOR SUPPORT
The Scottish Child Payment has been increased from £20 to £25 per week per child, meaning 1,465 families in East Dunbartonshire are set to receive a boost to their household incomes from the Scottish Government.
Eligibility for the payment, which is only available in Scotland, has also been extended, meaning eligible local families with children under the age of 16 can now apply for the Scottish Child Payment.
Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Rona Mackay is encouraging families in East Dunbartonshire to apply for the support.
Commenting, the SNP MSP said: “The extension of the Scottish Child Payment could be a turning point for families in East Dunbartonshire and across Scotland as the support is extending from £20 to £25.
“We have already heard from anti-poverty charities how the payment has been ‘game-changing’ for families with children under-6 and now as the support is extended to families with children under-16 more will have extra cash in their pockets to get through this Tory-made cost of living crisis.
“The Scottish Child Payment is only available in Scotland and demonstrates how the SNP Scottish Government is building a social security system based on fairness, dignity and respect.
“However, the Scottish Government continues to work with one hand tied behind its back by a UK government which is preparing to inflict austerity 2.0 on families across Scotland.
“There is only one way we can escape the chaos of Westminster and build a fairer, more equal Scotland and that is by becoming an independent country.”