Guide

Scottish Child Payment
Last updated: 9 November 2020

How it works

Anyone applying for Scottish Child Payment will not get a decision until after 15 February 2021. The first payments will reach families after 22 February 2021. Social Security Scotland are expecting a high number of applications, so payments might take longer.

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. If you want to know how Scottish Child Payment might affect local council allowances or grants, such as the Scottish Welfare Fund, you can contact your local council.

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 read more about double claims, or call Social Security Scotland free on 0800 182 2222.