A new Social Security benefit available – Scottish Child Payment

An official letter is attached here: Scottish Child Payment – Letter to Chief Executives


A simplified version is below:

Scottish Child Payment


What is it?

Scottish Child Payment is a new benefit coming from Social Security Scotland. Information is below, and here: https://www.mygov.scot/scottish-child-payment/


Who is it for?

It is initially for children under 6 years old.


How much may I receive?

Families who meet the criteria and are eligible to apply will receive a payment of £10 per child, per week (equivalent to £520 per year) and payment will be made on a four-weekly basis. There are no limits to the number of children per family who can receive this benefit.


When does it start?

The benefit officially starts from Monday 15 February 2021.

But they are expecting many applications, so are taking applications for it NOW. This will allow them to gather all relevant information to make payments as soon as possible after the February date above.


Who is eligible?

In order to be eligible for Scottish Child Payment the following criteria must be met;

  • live in Scotland
  • have responsibility for a child/children under the age of 6 and be named on one of the following benefits, Universal Credit, Pension Credit, Child Tax Credit, Child Benefit
  • Be in receipt of any of the following benefits:
  • Universal Credit,
  • Income Support,
  • Pension Credit,
  • Child Tax Credit,
  • Working Tax Credit,
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance or
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance



How do I apply?






Helpline at 0800 182 2222. The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.


Paper Application:

A paper application will also be available and can be requested via the helpline or downloaded direct from the website. (I’ve attached the forms here also, for your information so you know what kind of information you will be asked to provide).

Scottish Child Payment single form

Scottish Child Payment, Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods combined form


Other information on other benefits: