Nicola Sturgeon challenges UK Government to follow Scotland in expanding child support payments

The full rollout of a benefit payment to low-income families in Scotland has been hailed as a “watershed moment” – and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has challenged the UK to follow suit. Some 400,000 children in Scotland are now thought to be eligible for the Scottish Child Payment, and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation said if the scheme was replicated across the rest of the UK, 5.3 million youngsters in England, Wales and Northern Ireland could benefit.