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About the Scottish Child Payment

The new Scottish Child Payment is now open for early applications. The new benefit gives an extra £10 per week - £520 a year – to eligible families on low incomes with young children. Ministers have prioritised the early introduction for families with a child under the age of six; those payments will start from early 2021. The new benefit is planned to be fully rolled out to children under the age of 16 by the end of 2022.

Who can apply?

You can apply for the scheme if you live in Scotland, you or your partner are getting certain benefits, and you or your partner is the person looking after the child under six.

You must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

How to apply?

Before you apply, you’ll need the child/children’s date of birth, your partner’s details (if you have one), and your bank details (if you have an account).

You can apply for Scottish Child Payment from 9 November 2020 by visiting or calling 0800 182 2222.

If you need help with applying for the Scottish Child Payment, please contact our SAFE Team on 01224 531386 or at [email protected]