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Patricia Gibson MP has welcomed the First Minister’s announcement that the Scottish Child Payment will double from April 2022.

The announcement will see the families of at least 3,810 eligible children across North Ayrshire receive £20 per week per child from 01 April next year.

Already, from the launch of the SNP Government payment on 15 February 2021 up to 30 September, £1,026,910 was issued in payments to families in North Ayrshire.

Over 400,000 Scottish children could be eligible for the doubled payment by the end of 2022, which is when the benefit, which is unique in the UK, will be extended to children under the age of 16.

Patricia said:

“I am delighted that at least 3,810 children across North Ayrshire will have their Scottish Child Payment doubled in just four months time. This will deliver £20 per child per week - four times the amount originally demanded by campaigners.

“The SNP Government’s national mission to tackle child poverty is absolute and doubling of the Scottish Child Payment to £20 is the type of bold action that makes a real difference to people’s lives and shows how focussed Scottish Ministers on meeting Scotland’s Child Poverty targets.

“Once again, the tale of two governments is striking. While the SNP are doubling the Scottish Child Payment to lift thousands of children out of poverty, the Tories at Westminster cut £20 per week from many of the same families in receipt of Universal Credit, knowingly pushing thousands of families into poverty.

“Scotland needs to escape damaging Westminster policies and have a chance to choose a better path, one with the full powers that an independent Scotland would bring; allowing us to build a fairer society.”


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