NEW BENEFIT TO TACKLE CHILD POVERTY INTRODUCED

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NEW BENEFIT TO TACKLE CHILD POVERTY INTRODUCED

Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey has heaped praise on a Scottish Government announcement that a new social benefit will be introduced to lift children across Scotland out of poverty.

By the end of 2022, eligible families in Rutherglen and Cambuslang will now receive an extra £10 a week for every child under 16, with low income families with children under the age of six being fast tracked and will start to receive the benefit in early 2021.

This announcement means that eligible families with two children under 16 will receive an additional £1,000 a year to spend on day to day essentials from clothing to school equipment.

Once fully rolled out, the new payment will benefit up to 410,000 children across Scotland – intending to not only supporting those in poverty and but also to prevent those on the breadline from sliding under.

The announcement has been celebrated by anti-poverty campaigners who have branded the new benefit a “game changer”.

Commenting, Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey said:

“This is a radical and very welcome announcement – and it’s exactly what we need if we are to reduce child poverty levels here in Rutherglen and Cambuslang in the face of ongoing welfare cuts from the UK Government.

“Too many children in Rutherglen and Cambuslang are living in poverty, so I know the new Scottish Child Payment will be a welcome boost to many local families when it is fully rolled out over the coming years.

“But the sad reality is, this Scottish Government is fighting poverty with one hand tied behind its back – without Westminster imposed austerity this benefit could go further and reach more families.

“This move is the mark of a serious Government who are willing to take bold action to address the needs of Scotland’s people.”

John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said:

“This new payment is an absolute game changer in the fight to end child poverty – £10 a week for each child will make a real difference to families struggling to put food on the table, heat their homes and pay for the ordinary school trips, sport and other activities that are fundamental to a decent childhood. “

ENDS

Notes:

Scottish Government press release can be found on the link below:

https://news.gov.scot/news/new-gbp-10-benefit-targets-child-poverty

Quote from John Dickie, CPAG, can be found on the link below:

https://stv.tv/news/politics/1438835-struggling-families-will-get-10-a-week-for-each-child/

 

Date published: 27th June 2019

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