SNP MSP, Christina McKelvie, has welcomed the First Minister’s announcement that the Scottish Child Payment will be doubled from April 2022.

The announcement will see at least 6,745 eligible children across South Lanarkshire receiving £20 per week from spring next year, with more than 106,000 children across Scotland immediately benefitting from the increased payment.

Since the launch of the Scottish Government payment on 15 February 2021, £1,885,710 has been issued in payments to families in across South Lanarkshire.

It is now expected that over 400,000 children could be eligible for the doubled payment by the end 2022, which is when the benefit, which is unique in the UK, will be extended to children under the age of 16.

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Commenting SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie said:

“I am delighted that at least 6,745 children across South Lanarkshire will have their Scottish Child Payment doubled in just four months time. This will give £20 per child per week to 6,745 children in South Lanarkshire - four times the amount originally demanded by campaigners.

“The Scottish Government’s national mission to tackle child poverty is absolute - with £1,885,710 having been provided to families across South Lanarkshire since February, and almost £32 million across Scotland as a whole.

“The doubling of the Scottish Child Payment to £20 is the type of bold action that makes a real difference to people’s lives and shows how focussed the Scottish Government is on meeting Scotland’s Child Poverty targets.

“Once again, the tale of two governments is striking. While the SNP are doubling the Scottish Child Payment to lift thousands of children out of poverty, the Tories at Westminster have just cut £20 per week from many of the same families – knowingly pushing thousands of families into poverty.

“The people in South Lanarkshire deserve the chance to escape the damaging policies we get under Westminster control and get the chance to choose a better path, one with the full powers that an independent Scotland would bring and allow us to build a fairer society.”