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Scottish Child Payment helps towards the costs of supporting your family. It's a weekly payment of £10 that you can get for every child you look after who's under 6 years of age. You'll get the payment every 4 weeks if your application is successful.  The first payments began in February 2021.

It's up to you what you choose to spend the money on. You could use Scottish Child Payment for things like:

  • travel costs
  • nappies and other essentials
  • childcare
  • family days out

Scottish Child Payment does not affect any other UK or Scottish Government benefits that you, or any person in your household, currently get. 

Who should apply

You may be able to get Scottish Child Payment if all of the following apply:

  • you live in Scotland
  • you or your partner are getting certain benefits or payments
  • you or your partner are the main person looking after a child who's under 6 years old

Benefits or payment you or your partner must get

You can apply whether you're in work or not, as long as you're getting one or more of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

If you're not getting any of these benefits or payments, but have applied for one, you can still apply for Scottish Child Payment.

How do I apply?

You can apply online, by phone: 0800 182 2222 or by post (download a form here).  If you need help and advice on applying contact Social Security Scotland on 0800 182 2222.  Click here to find out more about help if English is not your first language or you require advice online, in BSL or by text relay (for those who are hard of hearing).

Scottish Child Payment Bridging Payment

Scottish Child Payment will be extended to all eligible under-16s by the end of 2022. The Scottish Government is introducing payments to bridge the gap until then. These are called SCP Bridging Payments.

Families with children over 5 years old, who get free school meals because of household income, can get the bridging payment. This includes families with children 16 and over.

Families will receive bridging payments of £160 per child in October and before Christmas in December 2021.

In 2022 bridging payments of £130 per child will be paid at Easter, summer October and Christmas.

Who can get it?

To get the bridging payments your child needs to be aged 6 or over and getting free school meals because you have one of the following:

  • both Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit with a household income of £7500 or less or
  • Universal Credit with a monthly earned income of not more than £625 or
  • Child Tax Credit only with an annual income of less than £16,105 or
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance or
  • be an Asylum Seeker, receiving support under part IV of the Immigration Act 1999.

How to apply

Your local council will make any payment. If your child gets free school meals because you're on a low income and get a qualifying benefit you do not need to apply for it. Your local council will make the payment to you automatically.

All P1 to P4 pupils are entitled to free school meals however only the families getting them because of their income will receive these payments. You must therefore apply so the council knows your income. For more information and to find your local council visit to 

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