AYR, Carrock and Cumnock's MP is encouraging families across Ayrshire to apply for the increased Scottish Child Payment.

The Scottish Child Payment has been increased from £20 to £25 per week per child, meaning 2,645 families in South Ayrshire are set to receive a boost to their household incomes from the Scottish Government.

Eligibility for the payment has also been extended, meaning eligible families in South Ayrshire with children under the age of 16 can now apply.

Mr Dorans said: “The extension of the Scottish Child Payment could be a turning point for families in South Ayrshire and across Scotland as the support is extending from £20 to £25.

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“We have already heard from anti-poverty charities about how the payment has been ‘game-changing’ for families with children under six, and now as the support is extended to families with children under 16 more will have extra cash in their pockets to get through this Conservative-made cost-of-living crisis.

“The Scottish Child Payment is only available in Scotland and demonstrates how the SNP Scottish Government is building a social security system based on fairness, dignity and respect."