285 families in the Western Isles have benefitted from the introduction of the Scottish Child Payment, with a total of £52,100 paid out to families in the area so far.

The most recent Scottish Government figures demonstrate how many families in the Western Isles have benefitted from the support from its introduction in February up to the 30th June 2021.

So far, 108,000 children across Scotland have benefitted from the payment, which provides eligible families with £10-a-week per child.

Commenting, MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar Alasdair Allan said:

“The Scottish Child Payment is already making a huge difference to children across Scotland. This payment provides significant support to families in the Western Isles, and I have no doubt that this will aid in reducing the levels of inequality present in some of our island communities, as well as across Scotland as a whole.

“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 an additional £5,200 by the time their child turns six.

“I would urge any families in the Western Isles 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.”



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