Give Me Five - The child benefit top up campaign.
We are calling on MSPs to ensure the 2018/19 budget and Scottish Government spending plans include a top-up of child benefit by £5 per week.
Poverty currently affects one in four children in Scotland, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We believe that poverty can be solved.
Tackling poverty is good for us all, and we believe that social security should help enable children to access all the opportunities available to them.
Increasing child benefit by just £5 a week for every child could lift 30,000 children out of poverty.
Poverty is fundamentally about a lack of income, and this move would improve families’ incomes.
An additional £5 per week could cover seven nutritious breakfasts of cereal, milk, fruit juice and a banana; or over two months, a good quality winter coat or enable children to take part in a school trip or activity each week.
Scotland has new social security powers. We believe the Scottish Government should take every opportunity to help children and families out of poverty, including “topping up” child benefit
UPDATE: A budget briefing has been sent to all MSPs ahead of Stage One of the Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill.
SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN - GET INVOLVED
Poverty affects us all, and we have a role to play in ending poverty in Scotland. Below are some of the ways you can support this campaign.
Sign the petition - Call on MSPs to ask the Scottish Government to include an increase in £5 per week for every child in Scotland in their spending plans for 2018/19 and beyond.
Email your MSP – You can help the 1 in 4 children in Scotland currently living in poverty by sending an email to your MSP urging them to help lift 30,000 children out of poverty by supporting a top-up to child benefit by £5 a week for every child.
Read our FAQs about topping up child benefit by £5.
Read our updated modelling which sets out the impacts of topping-up child benefit using 2015-16 Households Below Average Income (HBAI) data. It also looks at the impacts of increasing child tax credits and sets out the challenges with this approach.
We have also sent several briefing notes to MSPs highlighting the campaign to top-up child benefit. Here are a selection:
- Briefing on the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill - Stage One
- 2017/18 Budget Briefing Note
- Using the Scottish Government's new social security powers
Who we are
The Give Me Five campaign is a coalition of third sector, civic society and faith groups.