The Scottish Child Payment has been increased from £20 to £25 per week per child, meaning that 22,830 families within the Glasgow City Council area 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 families in Glasgow with children under the age of 16 can now apply for the Scottish Child Payment.
Speaking with @NicolaSturgeon about the Scottish Child Payment being increased to £25 and extended to include eligible children up to age 16— Alan Smith (@Political_AlanS) November 14, 2022
The First Minister says it’s a “massive moment”, but warns efforts to tackle poverty could be undermined by UK Govt spending decisions pic.twitter.com/KVnWvRMra2
This extension of the Scottish Child Payment could be a real turning point for families across the East End of Glasgow.
We have already heard from anti-poverty charities about 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 the cost-of-living crisis.
At Westminster, the Tories have made the crisis worse through poor decisions, reckless mismanagement of the economy and its continued commitment to a Brexit which is dragging us into a deep recession.
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.
This commitment to ending the scandal of child poverty shows that we can build a fairer, more equal Scotland but so long as the economic levers to do more remain at Westminster, we cannot realise our full potential.
Eligibility criteria and details on how to apply for the Scottish Child Payment can be found on the mygov.scot website.
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