Tom Arthur, SNP MSP for Renfrewshire South, has welcomed new figures which show that 3,615 children in East Renfrewshire are currently receiving the Scottish Child Payment.

The Scottish Child Payment, which provides £25 per week to every eligible child, is estimated to lift 50,000 children out of relative poverty in 2023/24.

In East Renfrewshire, 39,475 payments worth £4,988,965 have been paid out to help tackle child poverty – with over £450 million issued across Scotland.

The SNP-led Government has made tackling child poverty its number one priority, and Tom Arthur MSP has welcomed latest figures showing it has reduced by 5% in 2023/24.

Commenting, Tom Arthur said:

“The Scottish Government’s Scottish Child Payment is taking direct action to eliminate child poverty in Scotland and it is very welcome that it is currently supporting 3,615 children in East Renfrewshire.

“As we head into the winter months, and with the Westminster-made cost of living crisis continuing to affect households across East Renfrewshire, families will face even greater challenges, with many struggling to make ends meet. The Scottish Child Payment will therefore be even more vital.

“The fact that 39,475 payments have been made in East Renfrewshire, worth £4,988,965, is very positive and I know this will be going a long way to support young people who need it most.

“The SNP are taking action to meet our mission of tackling child payment and I strongly encourage people to spread the word so as many children eligible for this payment get it as possible”.

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