Publication - Impact assessment

Scottish Child Payment: Equality Impact Assessment

Published: 8 Sep 2020
Social Security Directorate
Part of:
Children and families, Equality and rights

The Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) considers potential effects of the Scottish Child Payment and how it impacts on people with one or more protected characteristics.

8 Sep 2020
Scottish Child Payment: Equality Impact Assessment

The Scottish Child Payment (SCP) is a new benefit being introduced by the Scottish Government to increase family incomes and help tackle child poverty. The SCP will pay £10 a week to low income families with eligible children who are in receipt of reserved benefits – Universal Credit, the legacy benefits it replaces, and Pension Credit. It will be a four weekly payment, paid in arrears and there will be no cap on the number of eligible children a family may claim for. The payment will be delivered through an application based process by the social security agency, Social Security Scotland.

This Equalities Impact Assessment (along with the Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA); Islands Communities Impact Assessment (ICIA); the Fairer Scotland Duty Assessment; and the Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA)) have been developed to accompany the Scottish Child Payment regulations 2020. The SCP will be introduced through secondary legislation, using the powers to top up a reserved benefit contained in Section 79 of the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018. These impact assessments follow and build on those accompanying the Social Security (Scotland) Act1 and those supporting the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan (TCPDP)2.