EAST Lothian’s MSP has backed the rise in the Scottish Child Payment coming into effect this year.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon recently announced that the Scottish Child Payment would be doubled from April, seeing at least 1,995 eligible children across the county receiving an additional £20 per week.

More than 106,000 children across Scotland will immediately benefit from the increased payment.

Since the launch of the Scottish Government payment in February, £535,800 has been issued in payments to families in East Lothian.

Paul McLennan, East Lothian MSP, said: “I am delighted that 1,955 children across East Lothian will have their Scottish Child Payment doubled. This will give £20 per child per week to over a thousand children in our county – four times the amount originally demanded by campaigners.”