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9 November 2020

North-East MSPs Urge Applications for New Child Benefit Payment

North-east MSPs are urging families who may be eligible for the Scottish Child Payment to apply as figures show more than 10,000 children in Aberdeenshire could benefit.

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin and Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson are now encouraging parents and carers to put forward applications.

It comes after the Scottish Government announced plans for early applications to be made possible to help support families amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The move will help to provide eligible families on low incomes with a child under six an extra £10 per week for each child.

The first payments are expected to be made in February next year.

Commenting, Gillian Martin MSP said:

“This support is needed more than ever, and it’s early introduction for children under six - almost two years ahead of the original commitment for a new payment.

"While the Scottish Government does everything it can to tackle poverty, the Tories at Westminster are still helplessly trying to defend their shameless decision to deprive children of free school meals over the holidays.”

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“Children and families simply shouldn’t have to depend on the whim of Boris Johnson’s callous Tory government to get through this Covid-19 crisis.

“This benefit will be a lifeline for many children, young people and their families in the north-east. I’d encourage anyone who is eligible to apply as soon as possible.”

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