The Campaign – Result
In 2019 churches welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to delivering a new Scottish Child Payment of £10 per week per child for low-income families, with children under six receiving the first payments by Christmas 2020. Full rollout is to be completed by 2022 and it is projected that over one third of children in Scotland will be eligible. It has been estimated that 30,000 children will be lifted out of poverty as a result of this.
From 2017 to 2019, the SCPO was involved in the Give Me Five campaign – calling on Scottish Government spending plans to include a top-up of Child Benefit by £5 per week to tackle the reality of child poverty.
The message: 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 tens of thousands of 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.
Who we are
The ‘Give Me Five’ Campaign is a coalition of third sector, civic society and faith groups featured below.