Scottish Child Payment

Scottish Child Payment is a new payment for families on tax credits or certain benefits to help towards the costs of looking after a child.

Scottish Child Payment helps towards the costs of supporting your family. It's a weekly payment of £25 that you can get for every child you look after who's under 16 years of age. You'll get the payment every 4 weeks if your application is successful.

You can apply whether you're in work or not, if you or your partner are getting one or more of the following benefits: 

  • Universal Credit 
  • Child Tax Credit 
  • Working Tax Credit 
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) 

Social Security Scotland also accept claims if you alone are named on one of these benefits: 

  • Pension Credit 
  • Income Support 
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) 

If your partner is named on any of the above 3 benefits and you are not, your partner should apply. 

Child benefit on its own is not an accepted benefit for Scottish Child Payment. You must get one of the above benefits. If you're not getting any of these benefits or payments, but have applied for one, you can still apply for Scottish Child Payment. 

Find our more about the Scottish Child Payment and how to apply on the Scottish Government website


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