Scottish Child Payment (Uptake)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 14 March 2024.

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Photo of Shirley-Anne Somerville Shirley-Anne Somerville Scottish National Party

I confirm to the member that the Scottish child payment is available for every eligible child. Modelling suggests that Scottish Government policies will keep 100,000 children out of relative poverty in 2024-25, which includes keeping 60,000 children out of poverty through the Scottish child payment.

The member is quite right: the UK Government could do so much more. It could lift a further 40,000 children out of poverty next year if it made key changes to social security, including reversing the two-child limit and introducing an essentials guarantee. It is disappointing that the spring budget held none of those policies and that, therefore, those children will remain in poverty due to Westminster’s inactivity.