Statistics released show that 3,410 families in Renfrewshire have benefitted from the introduction of the Scottish Child Payment with £570,320 paid out to families.

In East Renfrewshire, 930 families received the payment, with £165,240 paid out to families.

Across Scotland 108,000 children have benefitted from the payment which provides eligible families with £10-a-week.

Tom Arthur, MSP for Renfrewshire South, said: “The Scottish Child Payment has been described by charities as game-changing and we are seeing that difference across Scotland and it is fantastic to see it make such a difference to the lives of families in Renfrewshire too.

“Not only is the Scottish Child Payment giving low-income families extra support, but coupled with other payments such as the Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods, eligible families could receive up to £5,200 extra by the time their child turns six.

“I would urge any families in Renfrewshire South who have not yet applied to do so.

“In Scotland, we are building a social security system built on fairness, dignity and respect. Contrast that with the system at Westminster where the Tories are planning on cutting Universal Credit at a time when vulnerable families need it most.”

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