SNP MSP Colin Beattie has welcomed the introduction of the Scottish Child Payment, which is set to make a difference to families across Midlothian and East Lothian at a time when they need it most.
The new SNP Scottish Government benefit will provide families with a much-needed boost as it will give eligible families and carers £40 every four weeks for each child under six.
Payments are due to start at the end of this month and Colin Beattie, constituency MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, is urging parents who have not applied yet to do so as soon as possible.
Commenting, Colin Beattie MSP said:
“The introduction of the Scottish Child Payment will be a welcome boost for families across Midlothian and East Lothian. I would urge anyone who hasn’t applied to do so as soon as they can so they can receive this benefit that is unique to Scotland.
“The Scottish Child Payment has been described as ‘game-changing’ as it will make a difference to the lives of thousands of children across Scotland.
“As the Scottish Government rolls out this new benefit it is in stark contrast to the Tories at Westminster who are planning on taking away the £20 uplift to Universal Credit at a time when families need it most.
“Along with the Best Start Grant and other benefits rolled out by Social Security Scotland, the Scottish Child Payment is forming part of a benefits system built on dignity, fairness and respect, working for the people of Scotland, not against them.”