We are calling on MSPs to ensure that Scottish Government spending plans include a top-up of child benefit by £5 per week to tackle the reality of child poverty.

Poverty currently affects one in four children in Scotland, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We believe that poverty can be solved. 

Tackling poverty is good for us all, and we believe that social security should enable children to access all the opportunities available to them.

Increasing child benefit by just £5 a week for every child could lift 30,000 children out of poverty.

Poverty is fundamentally about a lack of income, and this move would improve families’ incomes.

An additional £5 per week could cover seven nutritious breakfasts of cereal, milk, fruit juice and a banana; or over two months, a good quality winter coat or enable children to take part in a school trip or activity each week.

Scotland has new social security powers. We believe the Scottish Government should take every opportunity to help children and families out of poverty, including “topping up” child benefit.

What you can do

  • Add your name to the Give Me Five petition here 
  • Download a petition for people in your congregation to sign that you can send back to us here
  • Email your MSP about the Give Me Five campaign here
  • Support the campaign on social media by using #GiveMe5 and @GM5Scot on Twitter and keeping up to date on Facebook here

Who we are

The ‘Give Me Five’ Campaign is a coalition of third sector, civic society and faith groups featured below.

Frequently Asked Questions about Give Me Five

  • Read the FAQs here
  • For the latest briefing on Give Me Five published in January 2018 please click here

The Give Me Five campaign launch led by faith leaders took place on Wednesday 30 August at the Conforti Institute in Coatbridge.