10 December 2018

A host of organisations including charities, trade unions and religious organisations have joined together in a plea to the Scottish Government to increase child benefit by £5 per week in the forthcoming Scottish Budget .

Labour’s policy is to raise Child Benefit by £5 per week.

Commenting on their appeal, Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said:

"This is a hugely significant intervention in the budget debate by faith leaders, charities, anti-poverty campaigns and the STUC uniting to call for Scotland's powers to be used in the interests of the many, not the few.

"As they rightly say in their letter to the Finance Secretary, children living in poverty cannot wait several years for these additional funds - they need them now.

"Derek Mackay must listen to these church leaders, charities and Labour and raise Child Benefit by £5 per week in his budget on Wednesday.

"This would lift around 30,000 children out of poverty and help families across Scotland."

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