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. It's £40 paid every 4 weeks for each child under 6. It opens on Monday 15 February 2021 but applications are being accepted from 09 November 2020.

It's up to you what you choose to spend the money on. You could use Scottish Child Payment for things like:

  • travel costs
  • nappies and other essentials
  • childcare
  • family days out

Who can get it?

You can apply for Scottish Child Payment whether in work or not.

You may be eligible:

  • if you, or your partner, are the parent or full-time carer of a child who will be aged under 6 on 15 February 2021 and
  • if you are in receipt of one of the following benefits or tax credits:
    • Child Tax Credit
    • Income Support
    • Pension Credit
    • Working Tax Credit
    • Universal Credit
    • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

How many children can qualify for Scottish Child Payment per household?

Every child under 6 in a qualifying family will get a payment.

Does it affect other benefits?

No, it will not be taken into account for UK benefit and tax credit assessments.

How do you apply?

The quickest way to apply is online:

Apply by phone

Call Social Security Scotland (free) to make your application over the phone. The opening times are Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.

Social Security Scotland

If you're a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can use the contactSCOTLAND app to contact Social Security Scotland by video relay.

Apply by post

You can apply by filling in a paper form.

If you'd like a pre-paid envelope to send documents to Social Security Scotland, call them free on 0800 182 2222 and they'll send you one.