An estimated 6,300 children across Renfrewshire could benefit from the Scottish Government’s ground breaking anti-poverty payment, new figures have 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, and the latest figures from the Scottish Fiscal Commission estimate that 194,000 children aged under six will be eligible.
The brand new benefit was described as a “game changer” and a “lifeline” by anti-poverty campaigners and is central to the SNP’s ambitions to tackle child poverty.
Commenting, Paisley’s MSP George Adam said:
“The Scottish Child Payment is an ambitious and ground-breaking new benefit which will directly tackle child poverty across the country.
“This support is needed more than ever, and when this additional £10 per week per child becomes available in February, it will be a lifeline for many families in Paisley.
“It will help reduce financial pressures and demonstrates the potential of social security to make a positive difference and reflect our society’s shared values of compassion and fairness.
“Tory cuts are driving too many families in our town into poverty – but the SNP is determined to use every power at its disposal to help families make ends meet.”