Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil is encouraging eligible island families to apply for the increased Scottish Child Payment.

The Scottish Child Payment has been increased from £20 to £25 per week per child, meaning 365 families in the Western Isles are set to receive a boost to their household incomes from the Scottish Government.

Eligibility for the payment – which is only available in Scotland – has also been extended, meaning eligible families with children under the age of 16 can now apply for the Scottish Child Payment.

Commenting, Mr MacNeil said:

“The extension of the Scottish Child Payment could be a turning point for some families in Na h-Eileanan an Iar and across Scotland as the support is extending from £20 to £25.

“We have already heard from anti-poverty charities about how the payment has been ‘game-changing’ for families with children under-6, and now as the support is extended to families with children under-16 more will have extra cash in their pockets to get through this Tory-made cost of living crisis.

“The Scottish Child Payment is only available in Scotland and demonstrates how the SNP Scottish Government is building a social security system based on fairness, dignity and respect.

“However, the Scottish Government continues to work with one hand tied behind its back by a UK government which is preparing to inflict austerity 2.0 on families across Scotland.

“There is only one way we can escape the chaos of Westminster and build a fairer, more equal Scotland and that is by becoming an independent country.”

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