What is the Scottish Child Payment?
It’s a new payment for families on certain benefits or tax credits to help towards the costs of looking after a child. £40 is paid every four weeks for each child under six.
It opened on Monday 15 February 2021.
Who can apply?
You can apply for Scottish Child Payment whether you are in work or not.
You may be eligible if you, or your partner, are the parent or full-time carer of a child who will be aged under six on 15 February 2021 and if you receive certain benefits or tax credits.*
*Child Tax Credit, Income Support, Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit, Universal Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
How many children can qualify per household?
Every child under six in a qualifying family will receive a payment.
How to apply
You can apply online, via the freephone helpline on 0800 182 2222, or by post.
What evidence will be required?
You will need to provide evidence that you are responsible for a child under six, usually through the child being named on a benefits claim. If more than one person applies for the same child, a process is in place for deciding who gets the payment, and the person who the child lives with for the majority of time will be prioritised.
Kinship carers can demonstrate responsibility for a child with a legal order or letter of support from a local authority.
Will I need my partner’s information?
Yes - if you live in the same household and are:
- married to each other
- civil partners of each other
- living together as if you are married
What happens if my circumstances change after applying?
You need to let Social Security Scotland know if your circumstances change at any point. This is to make sure that you are getting everything you are entitled to. This could include changes to what benefits or tax credits you get or where you live.
What if my child turns six before Monday 15 February 2021?
Children who will be six years old or older on Monday 15 February will not be eligible.
When should I expect to get a decision?
Social Security Scotland will start writing to people following Monday 15 February. The time this will take will depend on the demand and whether or not people need to be asked to provide more evidence.
This letter will tell you how much money you’ll get in your first payment and when to expect this.
When will I receive my first payments?
The first payments to eligible families will be made from the week after the benefit opens. Not everyone will get their payment on the same day and not everyone will be paid from this week. When someone gets paid will depend on how many applications are received and the process each individual application goes through.
If you applied before Monday 15 February 2021, this will be the date that your payment will be calculated from. If you apply after this date, it will be calculated from the date that you applied.
Payments will be made every four weeks following the first payment.
How will I be paid?
Eligible families will be paid into their chosen account. You can contact Social Security Scotland if you wish to change your chosen account.
What can the money be used for?
It is up to the individual about how they decide to use this money to help support their family.
Does it affect other benefits?
No, it will not be taken into account for UK benefit and tax credit assessments.