JENNY GILRUTH MSP DELIGHTED AS THOUSANDS APPLY EARLY FOR SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT

Published date : 15 Jan 2021

FIFERS URGED TO APPLY IF THEY HAVEN’T YET

 

Mid Fife and Glenrothes MSP, Jenny Gilruth, has expressed her delight as thousands of families in Scotland have applied for the ‘game-changing’ Scottish Child Payment early.

 

The MSP is urging any families in the area who have not yet applied for the scheme to do so to ensure they do not miss out on any money.

 

The Scottish Child Payment helps towards the costs of supporting your family. It's a weekly payment of £10 that you can get for every child you look after who's under 6 years of age.

 

Recipients will be paid every 4 weeks. You may be eligible if you live in Scotland, you or your partner are getting certain benefits or payments, you or your partner are the main person looking after a child who's under 6 years old.

 

So far, Social Security Scotland have received 56,000 applications from across the country since the process opened in November. The Scottish Child Payment is set to be rolled out on 15 February.

 

The Scottish Government has estimated that around 32,100 children in 19,000 families across Fife could benefit from the ground-breaking anti-poverty payment.

 

To apply, please visit: https://www.mygov.scot/scottish-child-payment/

 

Commenting, Jenny Gilruth MSP said:

 

“It is extremely encouraging to see so many families sign up early to receive their Scottish Child Payment when it is rolled out in February by the SNP Scottish Government.

 

“It’s estimated that around 32,100 children in Fife will benefit from this payment, which will make a real difference to families during this difficult stage of the Covid pandemic.

 

“This is just the start of the work Social Security Scotland is introducing to make a difference to the lives of people in Fife, with the Scottish Child Payment described as ‘game-changing’ by anti-poverty charities.

 

“I would urge anyone who has not yet applied to the scheme to make sure they do so they do not miss out on any money they are entitled to.”

 

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