Campaigners in Scotland are celebrating a hard-fought win after Nicola Sturgeon confirmed she would double the lifeline cash given to families in poverty.
The Scottish Child Payment (SCP) is worth £10 a week to around 100,000 children in low-income families and is currently given to kids younger than six. It is due to be rolled out to under-16s by the end of next year.
And after intense pressure, the Holyrood government caved to activists’ calls to double the payments to £20 per week starting in April.
While the new payments will go some way to countering Boris Johnson’s £20-per-week universal credit cut made just weeks ago, families in the rest of the UK are still struggling to make ends meet after losing £1,040 from their annual incomes.
Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance, said the doubled SCP would “loosen the grip of poverty on the lives of thousands of children”.
“We are delighted that the Scottish Government has listened and acted.”