Scottish Child Payments Information

Scottish Child Payment is a new payment for families on tax credits or certain benefits to help towards the costs of looking after a child.

It’s £40 paid every four weeks for each child under six.

The payment starts on Monday 15 February 2021, with first payments made from the end of February onwards, but Social Security Scotland is taking applications now to help manage demand.
You can apply if your child will be under six on 15 February 2021.
The qualifying benefits are:

 Child Tax Credit
 Income Support
 Pension Credit
 Working Tax Credit
 Universal Credit
 Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
 Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

First payments will be made from late February onwards. When someone gets paid will depend on how many applications we get and the process each individual application goes through.

SCP Payment Factsheet

Find out more information and apply at or call Social Security Scotland on 0800 182 2222.