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Scottish Child Payment

Please see attached a letter from the Social Security Department (excerpts below) with regards to the new Scottish Child Payment that is available from the 9th November 2020.

Scottish Child Payment
I am pleased to tell you that from 9th November 2020 we will start taking applications for our newest benefit, Scottish Child Payment.
Scottish Child Payment will be the biggest benefit that we have introduced to date. Initially, it will be available for those children under 6 years old with194,000 children expected to be eligible in the first year . Given the scale of demand, we are taking applications now so that we can make sure that we have all the information we need to make payments as soon as possible after the benefit officially starts on Monday 15 February 2021.
As you well know, this is being introduced in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Getting money to people will be hugely important in helping hard hit families to financially recover from this. However, the pandemic continues to have an impact on the way we are operating and the way in which we deliver services. This is a further factor in taking these applications as early as possible.
Families who meet the criteria and are eligible to apply will receive a payment of £10 per child, per week (equivalent to £520 per year) and payment will be made on a four-weekly basis. There are no limits to the number of children per family who can receive this benefit.
We are acutely aware of the economic impact the pandemic has had on the people of Scotland, and so to help support as many children and low income families as possible we want to make sure the take-up of Scottish Child Payment is fully maximised.

We’re also pleased to inform you that from Monday 9 November we’ll be returning to our full telephone opening hours of 8am to 6pm. We’re expecting that Scottish Child Payment will generate a lot of interest in our service and this will help us to keep our call waiting times to as low a level as we can.
To support this we have produced a range of materials and communication products, including posters and social media graphics, specific to Scottish Child Payment. These can be found on our website at https://www.socialsecurity.gov.scot/guidance-resources/resources . Your employees are also able to order hard copies of materials should this be a requirement.
We would be grateful if you could cascade this information to areas within your organisation who may have an interest.
We will continue to communicate our message through our social media channels @SocSecScot on Twitter and Social Security Scotland on Facebook, and would appreciate if your organisation was able to share these posts through your existing communication channels.
Our Local Delivery Relationship Leads are always available and happy to help provide more information on the Scottish Child Payment and all of Social Security Scotland’s services. Their contact details are held at www.socialsecurity.gov.scot/what-we-do/local-delivery/local-delivery-relationship-leads.

Primary 7 transition Meeting

There will be a transition meeting at Kingswells School on 28th January 2020 at 6pm. This is open to all parents of P7 pupils (not just those zoned for Bucksburn Academy). Information about the transitioning process will be shared.

You do not need to apply for your zoned school as it is an automatic transfer, however, if you wish to apply for place at a secondary school you are not zoned to you will need to complete the online application.

Secondary school applications are now open online at


Primary 1 applications for 2020-21

The application process for Primary 1 for 2020-21 school year is now open. To apply please go to


All children who will reach the age of five on or before the last day of February 2021 can apply for primary school in August 2020. Before you apply for a school place online, you will need to set up an account. This is so you can track the progress of your application and accept the space once it has been offered. You will need to provide evidence of where you live, your child’s birth certificate and any other information specific to your case. You can upload these to the online form when you apply. You can enter your postcode on the ACC school map to find your zoned school. You have the right to apply for a place at any school in Aberdeen City, but if you are applying for your a school that is not your zoned school you will not be guaranteed a place there. We advise that you apply for both your zoned school and your preferred school. Further information about deferral and early entry to P1 is available on the ACC website.