Support Available For All Eligible Families With Children Under-16
The Scottish Child Payment has been increased from £20 to £25 per week per child, meaning 1,555 families across Stirling 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 Stirling with children under the age of 16 can now apply for the Scottish Child Payment.
Alyn Smith MP and Evelyn Tweed MSP are encouraging families in Stirling to apply for the support.
Local MP Alyn Smith said:
‘We’re living through tough times, and families across many communities in Stirling will be extremely worried this winter. The extension of the Scottish Child Payment from £20 to £25 could be a turning point for many, and help to ease some of the cost-of-living pressures this festive season.
‘Social security has been, and always will be under an SNP Scottish Government, an investment in the people of Scotland and communities the length and breadth of the country. Anti-poverty charities already hailed the Payment as ‘game-changing’ for families with children under-6; now the Scottish Government has gone even further. Extra-cash in the pockets of families will be crucial to get through this Tory-made cost of living crisis.’
Stirling MSP Evelyn Tweed said:
‘I welcome the extension of the Scottish Child Payment from £20 to £25 per week per child, it could make a real difference for families in Stirling and across Scotland.
‘The Scottish Child Payment is only available in Scotland and is part of a social security system that the SNP Scottish Government is building 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.
‘There is only one way we can escape the chaos of Westminster and build a fairer, more equal Scotland and that is by becoming an independent country.’