Families across Renfrewshire are being encouraged to check their eligibility for a new benefit and boost their income by £40 a month by a Renfrewshire MP.

Paisley and Renfrewshire MP, Gavin Newlands, made the call as processing began on the first batch of claims made for the new Scottish Child Payment.

Applications for the benefit – only available in Scotland – opened in November with 77,000 applications already received.

With nearly 140,000 households estimated to be eligible for the payments, thousands of families across Renfrewshire could still be able to get the cash boost by applying now.

The Scottish government said 77,000 applications for the new Scottish Child Payment had already been received by 7th February.

Together with Best Start Grants and the Best Start Food programmes, low-income families could receive up to £5,200 by the time their first child turns six.

Families receiving a means-tested benefit or tax credit with a child under six years old in the house should be eligible and the Payment does not affect other benefits coming into the household.

Gavin said: “This is the most ambitious anti-poverty measure being undertaken anywhere in the UK and is being targeted at the children most in need of financial support in their families.

“If you have a child under six and receive a means-tested benefit or tax credit, you should apply now and make sure the maximum support comes to you and your household. Over a year this could amount to £520, a real boost to hard-pressed household incomes.

“Even if you haven’t applied already, you can still get the payments backdated to the day you made your claim, so there’s no reason to delay and every reason to get it done now. You will still receive your Child Benefit and

“Next year the payment will be rolled out to children under 16, another boost for thousands of families across Renfrewshire and Scotland, and yet more evidence that the SNP are delivering for those who need support the most.

“Make sure you’re getting your fair share – visit mygov.scot/benefits or call 0800 182 2222 today.”

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