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Scottish Child Payment should be quadrupled, demands Labour

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Scottish Labour leader wants Nicola Sturgeon to use her Programme for Government - which the SNP leader will announce this week - to dramatically scale up the Scottish Child Payment.

The party said analysis showed that a £40 per week payment would lead to child poverty reduction targets being met with to up 80,000 children being lifted out of poverty – slashing child poverty by nearly a third in one move.MSPs backed the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act four years which mandates that by 2023/24 fewer than 18% of children should be in relative poverty, and that by 2030/31 it should be fewer than 10%.But Labour said child poverty in Scotland has been rising and currently sits at 26% - equivalent to one in four children.Sarwar said: “It is.

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