From the above report by Ipsos Scotland:
Scottish Child Payment (SCP) was introduced by the Scottish Government to
support families on low incomes and contribute to its goal of eradicating child
poverty in Scotland. The first payments were made in February 2021, initially to
families on qualifying benefits with children under six, although the Scottish
Government has stated its intention to extend the scheme to cover children under
16 years of age. At the time this research was conducted, parents and carers in
receipt of SCP were paid £40 direct to their bank account every four weeks,
although the value was set to double to, £80 every four weeks, from April 2022, and
increase to £100 by the end of 2022.
This research was conducted by Ipsos on behalf of the Scottish Government, in
order to inform the interim evaluation of SCP. It aimed to gather evidence on
whether and how SCP improves outcomes for children and families and any
improvements that may be needed.
The researchers concluded:
Parents and carers had found out about SCP through a range of different routes,
including word of mouth (from both family and friends and professionals who
were supporting them), media advertising, and advertising through existing
In general, parents were clear about why SCP had been introduced and what it
was intended to achieve, although there was a little confusion over precise
Overall, parents reported that the process of applying for SCP had been simple
and straightforward, particularly in comparison to other benefits they had applied
for. Third sector participants echoed this view – for the most part, the application
process seemed to be working well.
Identified benefits were:
Parents felt receiving SCP had supported positive impacts for their children’s
physical and emotional wellbeing.
Physical health benefits included: access to more or healthier food, access to
paid physical activities (like swimming); and improved access to medical care or
Benefits to children’s emotional wellbeing stemmed not only from having their
basic needs met (and reducing any stress associated with this), but also from
the enjoyment of having the occasional treat or trip out. Trips and activities paid
for by SCP were also believed to support improved social skills and confidence
and the benefits of quality time together as a family.
SCP had enabled some parents to buy their children additional items directly
aimed at improving their emotional and mental wellbeing, such as sensory toys
or resources to support home learning.
Some parents acknowledged that, through reducing their own stress levels, SCP
indirectly benefitted their children by fostering a more relaxed atmosphere at
BBC Scotland have ignored this while the Express have stuck in their thumb to focus on:
SNP ministers told to make radical changes on key flagship benefit by own review.