Best start for families pays out £2.7m so far

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The First Minister announced recently that Social Security Scotland would commence delivery of the Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment for eligible families with children aged between two and three and a half, which is now up and running. The one-off payment worth £250 will be followed by the School Age Payment for eligible families around the time a child would normally start Primary one, again a one-off payment of £250. This will open for applications on Monday 3 June 2019.

Since the launch the Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment in December 2018 Social Security Scotland has paid out over £2.7 million to low income families and is continuing to process applications to ensure that eligible families get the money they are entitled to receive. Best Start Grant has been designed as a package of three payments intended to give extra money to lower-income families during the early years of a child’s life.

The Government is in the process of planning and creating communication materials for the school age payment and will notify relevant partners once these are available. Social Security Scotland’s Local Delivery Team is also available to attend events, meetings or staff training opportunities and invite contact by email at localdelivery@socialsecurity.gov.scot in the first instance.