With children across Scotland now back at school, it isn’t too late for families to check whether they are eligible for financial support from Social Security Scotland.
Two of Social Security Scotland’s five family payments are designed for families of school-aged children.
Scottish Child Payment is £25 per child per week for eligible families from birth until a child turns 16. It was extended to include children aged from six until their 16th birthday last year – meaning there is support through primary school and for most of their secondary education.
People who get Universal Credit, tax credits or other qualifying benefits but don’t get Scottish Child Payment should check whether they are eligible.
Those receiving Scottish Child Payment will automatically receive Best start Grant School Age Payment when their children are the right age, unless they have opted out. School Age Payment is a one-off award of £294.70 to help with costs of starting school.
Some people are eligible for this benefit but not Scottish Child Payment – including those who receive Housing Benefit, parents and carers who are 18, and parents and carers who are aged 18 or 19 and dependent on someone else.
People who are not eligible for Scottish Child Payment and getting an automatic payment should make a separate application for School Age Payment.
There is a window for School Age Payment, which is open between 01 June 2023 and 29 February 2024. This is for children born between 01 March 2018 and 28 February 2019.