"And then the extension to under-16s being able to apply for the benefit takes it to an estimated 400,00 children who will be able to get assistance from this game-changing, anti-poverty measure."
People with children under 16 can now apply, whether they are in work or not, if they or their partner are getting one or more of the following benefits:
"No child should live in poverty so there is clearly more to do, but the Scottish government should be commended for prioritising spend on this vital measure at this time.
"So we would be urging them to keep the payment increases in line with inflation, because the next couple of years are going to be very, very difficult for families in Scotland."
A UK government spokeswoman said: "Our priority will always be to support the most vulnerable and we recognise that people are struggling with rising prices, which is why we are protecting millions of those most in need with at least £1,200 of direct payments.
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