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“GAME-CHANGER” SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT OPENS EARLY FOR APPLICATIONS



SNP TACKLING CHILD POVERTY WHILE TORIES SHIRK RESPONSIBILITIES


The new Scottish Child Payment - which has been described as a “game-changer” in the fight to tackle child poverty - will open early for applications this month.


MSP Rona Mackay has encouraged parents and carers in Strathkelvin and Bearsden to apply now so that the Scottish Government can process and start making payments as quickly as possible once the benefit starts in February next year.


The SNP Government has prioritised the early introduction of the new benefit, which will provide eligible families on low incomes with a child under 6, an extra £10 per week for each child.


Latest figures estimate that 194,000 children aged under-6 in Scotland will be eligible for the new Scottish Child Payment - with 4000 children alone in East Dunbartonshire set to benefit.


SNP MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Rona Mackay said: “The Scottish Child Payment is an ambitious, game-changing new benefit which will directly tackle child poverty in East Dunbartonshire and across Scotland.


“This support is needed more than ever, and it’s early introduction for under 6s - almost two years ahead of the original commitment for a new payment - will be a lifeline for so many families in my constituency.


"While the SNP does everything it can to tackle poverty, the Tories at Westminster are still helplessly trying to defend their shameless decision to deprive children of free school meals over the holidays.


“Children and families simply shouldn’t have to depend on the whim of Boris Johnson’s callous Tory government to get through this Covid-19 crisis.


“This benefit will be a lifeline for many children, young people and their families. I’d encourage anyone who is eligible to apply as soon as possible.”

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Rona Mackay was elected in May 2016 with a 8,100 majority in Strathkelvin and Bearsden.

Prior to this, she was a journalist in national newspapers for more than 20 years, before becoming Parliamentary Assistant to Clydebank and Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson, with whom she worked for nine years before becoming elected.

 

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