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ANTI-POVERTY PAYMENT COULD BENEFIT 4,800 CHILDREN IN PERTH & KINROSS

An estimated 4,800 children across Perth & Kinross 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 children aged under 6 starting by early 2021.

Latest figures from the Scottish Fiscal Commission estimate that 194,000 children aged under six in Scotland will be eligible for the new Scottish Child Payment – with over 4,800 children and families estimated to benefit in Perth & Kinross.

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. 

Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP 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 such families in Perth & Kinross.

“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 Perth & Kinross into poverty – but the SNP is determined to use every power at our disposal to help families make ends meet.”

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, 63 Glasgow Road, Perth PH2 0PE  •  01738 620540   •   Website designed & hosted by Craig Mackay Design