Best Start Grant
On 31 May 2017 the Social Security Minister announced that we will start delivery of the Best Start Grant by summer 2019. Read the news story: Social security benefits.
The Best Start Grant will provide lower-income families with financial support during the key early years of a child's life.
It replaces and expands upon the UK Government's Sure Start Maternity Grant by:
- providing eligible families with £600 on the birth of their first child and £300 on the birth of any subsequent children
- not putting a limit on the number of children that are supported
giving eligible families two further payments of £250 around the time of nursery and around the time a child starts school, to recognise the additional financial costs during these key transition periods
The consultation on the Illustrative Regulations can be found at Early years assistance: consultation on the Best Start Grant regulations
The Best Start Grant Reference Group, set up in October 2016, will support Scottish Ministers to develop policy around the Best Start Grant.