4,615 children in Midlothian and East Lothian have been supported by the Scottish Child Payment since its introduction by the SNP Scottish Government.
Since the support started putting extra money in the pockets of families over £2.12million has been spent supporting families in Midlothian and East Lothian since February 2021.
Children across Midlothian and East Lothian are already benefitting from further support after the Scottish Government doubled the payment to £20 per week per child in April and will increase it further to £25 by the end of the year.
Commenting, SNP MSP Colin Beattie said:
“During a Tory-made cost of living crisis, the SNP Scottish Government has supported more than 4,615 children in Midlothian and East Lothian 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 Midlothian and East Lothian 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 Midlothian and East Lothian 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.”