23 December 2018

More than 270,000 families in Scotland would be over £500 better off under Scottish Labour’s plan to top-up Child Benefit by £5 per week, new analysis by the party reveals.

A total of 274,885 families across the country would see their household income topped-up by at least £520 per year.

Experts, faith leaders and charities have all backed Labour's call to use Scotland's powers to lift people out of poverty in recent weeks, but the SNP has refused to listen.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard MSP said:

“Our communities are being held back by austerity. The fact that one in four children in Scotland are spending Christmas living in poverty is nothing short of a national outrage.

“Children in poverty cannot wait for help, they need it now. Before bringing its budget back to Parliament, the SNP must think again.

“Labour’s plan to top-up Child Benefit by £5 per week will mean more than quarter of a million families across Scotland will be £520 better off.

"We need Labour governments north and south of the border to bring about real change to end austerity, and to build a society that works for the many, not the few."

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