7,727 families in Edinburgh have received a £100 COVID winter hardship payment to support them through one of the most difficult winters in living memory.
New figures show that the Scottish Government provided support to thousands in each of Scotland’s local authorities – with more than £14million paid out to families in December.
In Edinburgh, £772,700 was paid out to 7,727 families.
The payment, announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, was made available to families who were in receipt of free school meals and was paid from 30th November to the start of the winter school holidays.
Commenting, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Gordon MacDonald said:
With the Scottish Government rolling out the Scottish Child Payment and supporting hundreds of thousands of families across Scotland with the £100 COVID winter hardship payment, the SNP is making a real difference to people’s lives and lifting children out of poverty.
This has been an incredibly difficult time for families in Edinburgh who may have faced lost earnings, increased food bills and cold weather. The £100 winter payment will hopefully have eased the financial strain many have been facing.
In contrast to Westminster, the Scottish Government is doing all it can to ensure kids who receive free school meals do not go hungry.
Alongside introducing the Scottish Child Payment, Best Start Grant and Best Food Grants, this Scottish Government is committed to supporting children, whereas the UK government are planning to slash Universal Credit and get rid of the £20 uplift when families need it most.
The only way Scotland can escape Westminster austerity and build a social security system based on dignity, fairness and respect is by having full control over these matters.