ANTI-POVERTY PAYMENT COULD BENEFIT 12,000 CHILDREN IN SOUTH LANARKSHIRE

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ANTI-POVERTY PAYMENT COULD BENEFIT 12,000 CHILDREN IN SOUTH LANARKSHIRE

An estimated 11,800 children across South Lanarkshire 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 under-6s 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 11,800 children and families estimated to benefit in South Lanarkshire.

The brand-new benefit was described as a “game changer” and a “lifeline” by anti-poverty campaigners and is central to the Scottish Government’s ambitions to tackle child poverty.

Commenting, local MSP Clare Haughey 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 families in Cambuslang and Rutherglen.

“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.”

ENDS

Notes:

Child Poverty Action Group – “game-changer”:

https://cpag.org.uk/news-blogs/news-listings/new-scottish-child-payment-absolute-game-changer-fight-end-child-poverty

The below calculations use the NRS mid-year population stats by age and local authority Calculations are based on the latest 194,000 figure and are estimates of the local population.

Council areasExpress as
Aberdeen Cityover 8,000
Aberdeenshireover 10,000
Angusnearly 4,000
Argyll and Buteover 2,500
City of Edinburghover 17,500
Clackmannanshireover 1,800
Dumfries and Gallowayover 4,500
Dundee Cityover 5,200
East Ayrshireover 4,400
East Dunbartonshireabout 4,000
East Lothianover 4,000
East Renfrewshireover 3,700
Falkirkabout 5,700
Fifearound 13,300
Glasgow Cityover 23,200
Highlandaround 7,800
Inverclydeover 2,500
Midlothianaround 4,100
Morayover 3,100
Na h-Eileanan Siarover 800
North Ayrshireover 4,400
North Lanarkshirenearly 13,000
Orkney Islandsover 700
Perth and Kinrossover 4,800
Renfrewshireover 6,300
Scottish Bordersover 3,800
Shetland Islandsover 800
South Ayrshireover 3,500
South Lanarkshireover 11,800
Stirlingover 3,000
West Dunbartonshireover 3,200
West Lothianover 7,200

In June 2019, the Scottish Government had forecast that 170,000 children aged under six will be eligible for the Scottish Child Payment. This figure was presented at the first policy position paper for the Scottish Child Payment and has been used since then to respond to press enquiries, and most recently in the PfG. Estimates were most recently shared with media in January 2020 – https://www.gov.scot/news/170-000-children-eligible-for-new-benefit/

Once fully rolled-out to under 16 year olds, in 2022-23, thee Scottish Fiscal Commission estimate that there could be 499,000 eligible children. The Scottish Government remains committed to rolling out the benefit to families with children under 16.

The headline figures used in the Scottish Fiscal Commission’s media release refer to the forecast caseload of recipient children as opposed to eligible children.

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