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Scottish Child Payment

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).

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