Scottish Child Payment

Scottish Child Payment is a new payment for families on certain benefits or tax credits to help towards the costs of looking after a child. The payment will be £40 paid every four weeks for each child under six; this will be extended to children under sixteen by 2022.  Applications opened for the payment from 9th November 2020. Social Security Scotland are taking applications early to help manage demand as it is estimated that around 194,000 children under 6 will be eligible for the new payment.

The payment is currently only available for children under 6 years old. If your child turns 6 before 15th February they will not be eligible for the payment.

The payment will stop when the child turns 6, clients should receive a letter about 4 weeks prior to the child’s 6th birthday advising them their payments will stop.

Scottish Child Payment is £10 a week per eligible child, payable every four weeks. There is no limit on how many children within a family can get Scottish Child Payment, so it will still be paid for a child affected by the two child limit in Universal Credit or Child Tax Credit

Payments will start being issued to eligible clients from the end of February 2021; SCP will be paid from 15th February for those that have applied prior to this date and are eligible.

Payment will be made every four weeks in arrears, directly into your account.

How to apply for Scottish Child Payment?

You can claim Scottish Child Payment in advance, from 9th November 2020.

9th November 2020 – 14th February 2021 is the pre-application window; no payments will be made in this time, payment launches from 15th February 2021

To make a claim:

For further information regarding the Scottish Child Payment please visit Social Security Scotland website. The link can be found under our "Other Websites" section of this page.