The new £10 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. You'll get the payment every 4 weeks if your application is successful.
Only one person can claim the Scottish Child Payment for a child. This means, if two people apply for the same child, Social Security Scotland will decide who gets the payment.
Anyone applying for the Scottish Child Payment will not get a decision until after 15 February 2021. The first payments will reach families after 22 February 2021. Social Security Scotland are expecting a high number of applications, so payments may take longer.
You may be able to get Scottish Child Payment if you meet the following conditions:
- 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
You can apply whether you're in work or not, as long as you're getting 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)
Applications can be made online at https://www.mygov.scot/scottish-child-payment/how-to-apply/ or by calling Social Security Scotland free on 0800 182 2222, The opening times are Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.
For further information visit https://www.mygov.scot/scottish-child-payment or contact our Income Advice Officer – Laura Reilly on 0141 7811884.