In response to campaigns from the Third Sector across Scotland, plans for the new Scottish Child Payment have been brought forward.
Low income families will be able to apply for a new £10 a week payment for every child aged 0-6 for applications in autumn 2020, with the first payments reaching families by Christmas. It will be rolled out in full to eligible families by the end of 2022.
Once fully rolled out, the benefit could help up to 410,000 eligible under 16s and lift 30,000 children out of poverty.
For more information, click here to read an article for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.