Tackling Child Poverty Head On
The Scottish Child Payment is now being received by the families of more than 300,000 children and young people, according to official statistics.
New figures published today show that 303,000 children were receiving the payment at the end of March.
The total amount of the benefit paid out since its February 2021 launch now stands at £248.6 million.
Scottish Child Payment was extended to include all eligible children until their 16th birthday and increased to £25 per child per week in November last year.
Tackling poverty and protecting people from harm is one of three critical missions for the Scottish Government, and it will continue to tackle child poverty via its second child poverty delivery plan for 2022-26 – Best Start Bright Futures.
Earlier this month, the First Minister convened a cross-party anti-poverty summit to listen to the views of people with lived experience of poverty, the third sector, academics, campaigners and other interested parties.