A Scottish Government publication has revealed that 4,110 children in Renfrewshire have been awarded the Scottish Child Payment since its introduction.

The figure is 1,195 in East Renfrewshire.

Introduced in February 2021, the Scottish Child Payment of £20 per week helps towards the costs of supporting your family. The payment is for each child under 6 years of age.

In total, £1,899,670 million has went to families in Renfrewshire and £562,980 in East Renfrewshire. Later this year the payment is set to increase by £5 per week.

Renfrewshire South, SNP MSP Tom Arthur, whose seat also covers part of East Renfrewshire, said: “During a Tory-made cost of living crisis, the SNP Scottish Government has supported more than 4,110 children in Renfrewshire with the Scottish Child Payment – which is a payment that is not available anywhere else in the UK.

“The Scottish Child Payment is just one of a raft of support payments that have been introduced in Scotland to build a social security system that is built on dignity, fairness and respect.

“Families in Renfrewshire are already benefitting from further support after the Scottish Child Payment was doubled in April and is set to be increased even further by the end of the year.

“The Scottish Government continues to support households in Renfrewshire with one hand tied behind its back as most of the levers of power are held by a Westminster government that has cut Universal Credit at a time when people need it most.

“That is why it is only with the full raft of powers that independence would bring that we can start to build a fairer, more equal Scotland.”

Scottish Child Payment is one of five family benefits introduced by the SNP Scottish Government which provides financial support to low income families with children aged under 6.

If you would like to find out more information on Scottish Child Payment benefit and how to apply, please click on the following link: https://www.mygov.scot/scottish-child-payment.