The Scottish Child Payment will be rolled out a year earlier than planned in an attempt to fight rising child poverty

The Scottish government is fast-tracking its plans to tackle soaring child poverty by bringing forward benefits reforms which could give poor families £500 extra a year.

Dubbed the Scottish Child Payment, the new policy will first be rolled out by 2021 for families with a child under six. (Almost 60 per cent of all children in poverty in Scotland live in a family where a child is under six years old.) That means families will feel the benefits of the payment a year earlier than planned.

And by 2022 the new payment will be extended to families with children under 16.

The announcement follows a report by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) exposing the harm done to working families by the two-child limit, which puts a cap on the number of children in each family eligible for Universal Credit.

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