An estimated 13,600 children in 8,300 families across Dundee are expected to benefit from the Scottish Government’s ground breaking anti-poverty payment, it has been revealed.
The Scottish Child Payment will be worth £10 per child for low-income families by the end of 2022, with introduction for under-6s starting by early 2021.
The brand new benefit was described as a “game changer” and a “lifeline” by anti-poverty campaigners and is central to the Scottish Government’s ambitions to tackle child poverty.
The Scottish Government this week published estimates, based on the number of Tax Credit recipients prior to the rollout of Universal Credit Full Service, showing how many children and families are expected to benefit in each local authority.
Commenting, MSP for Dundee City East Shona Robison said:
“The Scottish Child Payment is an ambitious and ground breaking new benefit that will directly tackle child poverty.
“When fully rolled out, the Scottish Child Payment will benefit over a third of all children – giving families £10 per week for every eligible child under 16 years old.
“Tory cuts are driving too many families in Dundee into poverty – but the SNP are determined to use every power at our disposal to help families make ends meet.”
Notes to Editors:
John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland: "This new payment is an absolute game changer in the fight to end child poverty. £10 a week for each child will make a real difference to families struggling to put food on the table, heat their homes and pay for the ordinary school trips, sport and other activities that are fundamental to a decent childhood. Today's announcement is a landmark recognition of the role the Scottish social security system can play in ending child poverty. It's now vital that the UK government follows suit and starts to use its powers in an equally positive way and scraps the universal credit two child limit and the UK benefit freeze, so that government at every level works together to protect children from poverty."
Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance: “Amid a rising tide of poverty, the new Scottish Child Payment will act as a lifeline for families struggling to stay afloat. An additional £10 per week will help unlock tens of thousands of children from poverty and underlines the important role that Scottish social security powers have to address poverty. The early introduction of the new payment in 2020/21 for families with children under six is particularly welcome, and shows what can be done when there is political will to address poverty.”