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UK Benefit Guide

Scottish Child Payment

Scottish Child Payment

Who should apply

You may be able to get Scottish Child Payment if all of the following apply:

you live in Scotland

you or your partner are getting certain benefits or payments

you or your partner are the main person looking after a child who's under 6 years old

The main person looking after your child (if any) might want to call to claim or complete the application form, or use their bank details for payment.

Benefits or payment you or your partner must get

You can apply whether you're in work or not, as long as you're getting any one or more of the following benefits:

Universal Credit

Child Tax Credit

Income Support

Pension Credit

Working Tax Credit

income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)

income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Scottish Child Payment helps towards the costs of supporting your family.

It's a weekly payment of £10 that you can get for every child you look after who's under 6 years of age. You'll get the payment every 4 weeks if your application is successful.

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

Scottish Child Payment does not affect any other UK or Scottish Government benefits that you, or any person in your household, currently get.

Only one person can get Scottish Child Payment for a child. This means, if two people apply for the same child, Social Security Scotland have a process of deciding who gets the payment. This is called a double claim. The process depends on the benefits that you and the other person are getting.

You can claim online†here†or call Social Security Scotland free on 0800 182 2222 to make your claim.