Thursday 21 December 2023
For immediate release
Jenny Gilruth, MSP for Mid Fife and Glenrothes, is sharing new figures which show that 24,815 children in Fife are currently receiving the Scottish Child Payment.
The Scottish Child Payment, which provides £25 per week to every eligible child, is estimated to lift 50,000 children out of relative poverty in 2023/24.
In Fife, 282,435 payments worth ££35,267,550 have been paid out to help tackle child poverty – with over £450 million issued across Scotland.
The Scottish Government has made tackling child poverty its number one priority, and Jenny Gilruth MSP has welcomed latest figures showing it has reduced 5% in 2023/24.
Commenting, Jenny Gilruth MSP said:
“The Scottish Government’s Scottish Child Payment is taking direct action to eliminate child poverty in Scotland and it is very welcome that it is currently supporting 24,815 children in Fife.
“As we head into the winter months, and with the cost of living crisis continuing to affect households across Mid Fife and Glenrothes, families will face even greater challenges, with many struggling to make ends meet. The Scottish Child Payment will therefore be even more vital.
“The fact that 282,435 payments have been made in Fife, worth ££35,267,550 is very positive and I know this will be going a long way to support young people who need it most.
“The SNP are taking action to meet our mission of tackling child payment and I strongly encourage people to spread the word so as many children eligible for this payment get it as possible”.