Motherwell and Wishaw MSP welcomes expansion of ‘game changing’ child payment

Motherwell and Wishaw’s MSP has welcomed the expansion of the Scottish Child Payment confirmed this week when the Scottish Government’s programme for the next year was announced.

Clare Adamson described the payment as a “game changer” and the SNP’s Programme for Government as a “bold agenda”.

The child payment, currently available to families with children aged under six years old, is set to be rolled out to include children under 16.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveiled the programme for 2021/22 which the SNP claim will focus on building a greener, fairer country for all individuals and families.

It also sets out how Scotland will deal with Covis going forward and outlines plans to restart work on a detailed prospectus for independence.

Plans are also set out for a record increase in frontline health spending and transformation of mental health services, new legislation for a National Care Service, free wraparound child care for low-income families, and action to drive forward Scotland’s national mission to end child poverty, which includes expanding the Scottish Child Payment to under-16s by the end of next year.

The programme features plans to help secure a just transition to net zero – creating opportunities for new green jobs, and investment of at least £1.8 billion to make Scotland’s homes and buildings more efficient and easier to heat.

Ms Adamson said: “This is a bold agenda. A programme which is geared towards giving better opportunities for people in Motherwell and Wishaw and across Scotland.

“The SNP is matching ambition with action. Investment in frontline health services, mental health, social care and measures to alleviate poverty.

“Understandably the re-mobilisation of our health service is a top priority. We know that NHS Lanarkshire is grappling with immense pressure. So, the Scottish Government’s commitment to a minimum of £2.5 billion more on frontline health spending is pivotal.

“I am thrilled to see that the game-changing Scottish Child Payment will be expanded from children under 6 to children under 16. This is a huge announcement and one which demonstrates the SNP’s commitment to supporting those who need it most.

“Everyone has suffered these last 18 months. But some have been at the sharpest end of the pandemic. We need to ensure our recovery is just and equitable.

“To stem the tide of inequality, it is essential to have fiscal autonomy, full control over our affairs and every mechanism of government available to us.

“Scotland has many challenges but many more opportunities ahead. We can build a fairer, greener country but not with one hand tied behind our back. Scotland’s people must decide Scotland’s future.”

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Daily Record – Motherwell