Almost 400 Western Isles families to benefit from child payment increase

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News that the Scottish Government’s Scottish Child Payment will be doubled from April next year has been welcomed by SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alasdair Allan.

The announcement, by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, will see at least 385 eligible families across the Western Isles receiving £20 per week per child from spring next year, with more than 106,000 children across Scotland immediately benefitting from the increased payment.

Since the launch of the payment in February, £94,110 has been issued in payments to families throughout the Western Isles.

It is now expected that more than 400,000 children could be eligible for the doubled payment by the end 2022 when the benefit, which is unique in the UK, will be extended to children under the age of 16.

Mr Allan said he was delighted that eligible children across the islands will have their Scottish Child Payment doubled in four months to £20 per week – four times the amount originally demanded by campaigners.

‘The Scottish Government’s national mission to tackle child poverty is absolute, with almost £32 million having been provided to families across Scotland since February,’ he added.

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Alasdair Allan MSP said he was delighted eligible children across the islands will have their Scottish Child Payment doubled.

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