Scottish Child Payment

Our Tackling Child Poverty delivery plan set out a commitment to 'work towards introducing an income supplement within the lifetime of the delivery plan'. The Plan runs from 2018 to 2022.

We will introduce a new Scottish Child Payment for low-income families with children under six starting in early 2021. We are prioritising this age group because we know from evidence that almost 60% of children in poverty live in a family with a child of six and under. 

The Payment will be delivered to all remaining eligible families with children under 16 by the end of 2022, with no cap on the number of children in families.  

The Scottish Child Payment will be administered by Social Security Scotland through an application-based process, and will be paid on a monthly basis.


  • payment level: £10 per week, per eligible child
  • eligibility: Households with children and in receipt of a qualifying benefit (Universal Credit, Legacy Benefits and/or Pension Credit)
  • timescales: Early delivery to eligible families with children under 6 by early 2021. Full rollout to eligible families with children under 16 by the end of 2022

We have published a factsheet which sets out key details of this new benefit as well as a policy position paper that sets out the process of development of the Scottish Child Payment and the expected policy impacts it will have.

These papers have been published alongside the Analysis of options for the Income Supplement, a detailed analytical paper that shows the consideration given to a wider set of policy options.