Scottish Child Payment

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When can I apply for Scottish Child Payment for a child aged 6-15?

On November 14 2022 or as soon as possible after this date. 

On November 14, how should I apply for Scottish Child Payment?

We strongly encourage people to apply online, but applications can also be taken by post or over the phone on 0800 182 2222.

If you need help applying, if you need a large print paper form or you do not want to apply in English then please call the number above. If you're a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can use the contactSCOTLAND app to contact Social Security Scotland by video relay.

I receive Scottish Child Payment for my child aged under 6. But I also have a child aged 6 or over. What should I do?

You can add older children to your existing claim through the online Scottish Child Payment form. There’s no need to make a completely new application.

I already receive Scottish Child Payment and my children are all under 6. Do I need to make a new application?

No, you don’t need to do anything. You will receive Scottish Child Payment at the new rate of £25 per child per week automatically from November 14.

I have been receiving Scottish Child Payment but my child turns 6 before November 14. Do I need to re-apply?

Yes. You should make a new application on November 14.

I am working. Does that mean I won’t qualify?

A significant proportion of people who receive qualifying benefits such as Universal Credit or Tax Credits are in work. You can still be eligible for Scottish Child Payment so long as you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit, such as Universal Credit or Tax Credits. Many people in work receive support through social security, a full list of qualifying benefits can be found at: 

I am a kinship carer, can I qualify for Scottish Child Payment?

People who care for children in their family but who aren’t their parents – known as kinship carers – can qualify for Scottish Child Payment if they meet the eligibility criteria.