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 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 or contact our Income Advice Officer – Laura Reilly on 0141 7811884.