Scottish Child Payment offers a golden opportunity to make progress in solving child poverty

Responding to today’s ministerial statement on the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan and the new Scottish Child Payment, Jim McCormick, Associate Director (Scotland) at the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said

“We have heard from people across Scotland that the introduction of this new payment will be a lifeline for families currently trapped in poverty. Today’s statement will be welcome news for hundreds of thousands of children. £10 for a child in poverty can mean being able to buy fresher food, or go on a school trip, or have enough warm clothes. Fast-tracking the introduction of this new payment is absolutely the right thing to do and is a golden opportunity to make meaningful progress in solving child poverty in Scotland.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the Scottish Government as well as families to design a system that works for them, and which offers the certainty needed to enable every family in Scotland to achieve a better life.”