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01st March 2017 - 15,990 families in Dundee could see their incomes boosted by Labour's plan to top up Child Benefit by £240 per year.
Under Labour's plan the new social security powers of the Scottish Parliament could be used to top up Child Benefit and lift around 30,000 children in Scotland out of poverty by 2020.
Figures published by local Jenny Marra MSP confirm that there are currently 26,055 children in Dundee who would benefit from Labour's plan to top up Child Benefit.
The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has backed Labour's support for an increase to Child Benefit and called on other parties in the Scottish Parliament to do the same.
Jenny Marra MSP said:
"Our plan would see Child Benefit increase by £240 per year by the turn of the decade, increasing by £13 a month next year, before rising to £20 per month in 2020.
"The SNP's Child Poverty Bill – now in the Scottish Parliament – should include Labour's plan to top up Child Benefit for 15,990 families in Dundee.
"If the SNP won’t do it we will seek to amend the law ourselves. I call on Joe Fitzpatrick MSP and Shona Robison MSP to back this plan.
"Labour's plan would mean starting to reverse the fall in the value of Child Benefit that families have seen over the past five years. If the SNP are serious about using the powers of the Scottish Parliament then they need to start putting their money where their mouth is.”