1,900 families in Midlothian and 1,790 families in East Lothian have benefitted from the introduction of the Scottish Child Payment, with £330,940 paid out to families in Midlothian and £301,260 in East Lothian.
The most recent Scottish Government figures demonstrate how many families across Midlothian and East Lothian have benefitted from the support since its introduction in February to 30th June 2021.
So far, across Scotland 108,000 children have benefitted from the payment which provides eligible families with £10-a-week.
Commenting, Colin Beattie said:
“The Scottish Child Payment has been described by charities as game-changing and we are seeing that difference across Scotland and it is fantastic to see it make such a difference to the lives of families in Midlothian and East Lothian too.
“Not only is the Scottish Child Payment giving low-income families extra support, but coupled with other payments such as the Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods, eligible families could receive up to £5,200 extra by the time their child turns six.
“I would urge any families who have not yet applied to do so.
“In Scotland, we are building a social security system built on fairness, dignity and respect. Contrast that with the system at Westminster where the Tories are planning on cutting Universal Credit at a time when vulnerable families need it most.”