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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20687: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 19 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its duties under section 9 (4) of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017, what consideration it has given to topping up Child Benefit.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 14 January 2019

The Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan , published in March 2018, commits the Scottish Government to work towards introducing a new income supplement, to provide additional financial support to low income families.

In developing the income supplement we will take forward an appraisal of all potential options, and the feasibility of each of these. This will include the Poverty and Inequality Commission’s advice in relation to topping up Universal Credit (UC) and the feasibility of what Social Security Scotland could deliver. Delivery models will be based on the most effective way to target families in poverty and the most effective use of resources.

An update on this work will be included as part of the first update report on the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan which will be provide to Parliament by June 2019.