Edinburgh Eastern MSP, Ash Denham, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement that a new benefit will be introduced for low income families to reduce levels of child poverty in Scotland.
The Scottish Child Payment will give eligible families £10 a week for every child under 16 by the end of 2022. For a family with two children under the age of 16 this is an additional £1,000 a year.
According to figures published in May this year by the End Child Poverty coalition, 3,946 children (30.1%) in Ms. Denham’s Edinburgh Eastern constituency live in poverty, and almost one in four children in Edinburgh as a whole.
Commenting on the announcement, Ms. Denham said:
“The Tories should be ashamed that half a million more children across the UK are living in poverty compared to when they took office in 2010.
“It’s a disgrace that almost one in three children in my constituency are living in poverty after housing costs.
“Children who grow up in poverty are more likely to be absent from school due to illness, to have a long standing illness, and are nearly three times more likely to suffer mental health problems.
“This announcement from the Scottish Government to create a new Scottish Child Payment benefit is another landmark moment for our Parliament and will help families like many in my Edinburgh Eastern constituency who are struggling to make ends meet – often with at least one working parent in the household.
“The SNP is determined to eradicate child poverty. That’s why we are the only UK country to have set statutory income targets to end child poverty in the Child Poverty Act, we then brought forward our Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan and have spent £527 million across all government policies to support low income families with children.
“This latest announcement shows the SNP is working for families across Scotland.”
Read more about the new payment on the Scottish Government website: https://news.gov.scot/news/new-gbp-10-benefit-targets-child-poverty