A Renfrewshire MSP has welcomed new figures which show that 10,535 children in Renfrewshire are currently receiving the Scottish Child Payment.

The Scottish Child Payment, which provides £25 per week to every eligible child, is estimated to lift 50,000 children out of relative poverty in 2023/24.

In Renfrewshire, 124,025 payments worth £14,877,770 have been paid out to help tackle child poverty – with over £450 million issued across Scotland.

The SNP Government has made tackling child poverty its number one priority, and Natalie Don MSP has welcomed latest figures showing it has reduced 5% in 2023/24.

SNP MSP Natalie Don told Renfrewshire News: “The SNP Government’s Scottish Child Payment is taking direct action to eliminate child poverty in Scotland and it is very welcome that it is currently supporting 10,535 children in Renfrewshire.

“As we head into the winter months, and with the Tory-made cost of living crisis continuing to affect households across Renfrewshire North & West, families will face even greater challenges, with many struggling to make ends meet. The Scottish Child Payment will therefore be even more vital.

“The fact that 124,025 payments have been made in Renfrewshire, worth £14,877,770, is very positive and I know this will be going a long way to support young people who need it most.

“The SNP are taking action to meet our mission of tackling child payment and I strongly encourage people to spread the word so as many children eligible for this payment get it as possible”.

By Ricky Kelly

Main writer for Renfrewshire News

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