Motion ref. S6M-03880
Call to Increase the Scottish Child Payment to £40
Submitted by: Carol Mochan, South Scotland, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Supported by: Foysol Choudhury, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Monica Lennon, Alex Rowley, Paul Sweeney, Mercedes Villalba
That the Parliament recognises the recent proposals by the Scottish Government to increase the Scottish Child Payment to £25 per week; notes that the recently released report of the Trussell Trust and Save the Children, Tackling Child Poverty and Destitution: Next Steps for the Scottish Child Payment and the Scottish Welfare Fund, calls on the Scottish Government to go further and increase the Scottish Child Payment to £40; understands that experts have suggested that even with an increase to £25, the Scottish Government must hasten the roll-out of any new support to families that need it to ensure that interim child poverty targets are met; believes that going further and increasing the payment to £40 could lift a further 30,000 children out of poverty; considers that the Scottish Government should be using every lever it has to lift children out of poverty, and calls on the Scottish Government to implement an increase to £40 in April 2023.