Midlothian children to benefit from Scottish Government payment

Low income families in Midlothian will benefit from a £320 uplift before Christmas as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackling child poverty.

By Kevin Quinn
Wednesday, 22nd September 2021, 5:00 am
Stock photo by Ian Georgeson.
Stock photo by Ian Georgeson.

Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison highlighted the payments, which will benefit 2,112 children in Midlothian, during a debate last week on the commitments in the SNP’s Programme for Government. Eligible families will receive payments of £160 per child in October and again in December. Two Bridging Payments of £100 have already been made which takes the total to £520 this year.

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The cash is equivalent to the Scottish Child Payment - a £10-a-week benefit to assist with the costs of caring for a child aged under six. This will be extended to all eligible under-16s by the end of 2022.