New devolved benefit to support parents in Scotland comes into force


The new grant provides financial aid to parents. Photo by Stephanie Pratt.

The Scottish Government have launched the new grant for parents which will help families on low income.

Applications for the Best Start Grant’s Pregnancy and Baby Payment scheme opened today. The first payments are expected to be made before Christmas.

The scheme offers financial aid to lower-income families having babies. It provides a £600 grant for the firstborn and £300 for any more children.

This grant is part of 11 benefits recently devolved to Scotland and replaces the UK Government’s Sure Start Maternity Grant.

The new devolved benefit will support lower-income families. Photo by Mabel Amber.
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The Scottish Government is offering parents £100 more than what the previous grant from Westminster provided for firstborn children.

The scheme allows for longer application times, people can now request the grant from the 24th week of pregnancy up until six months after the child’s birth.

Applications for further aid to cover education costs will open by summer 2019, offering two additional payments of £250.

Renfrewshire Councillor Jim Paterson said:

“We want all children in Renfrewshire to have the best possible start in life and this new grant will ensure struggling families have some extra cash during their child’s early years.

“I’d encourage all new and expectant parents to apply, it’s easy to do and will provide support in years to come.”

Applications for the grant are now open. Photo by Neil Dodhia.
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Eligible people should already receive at least one of these benefits: Income Support, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit, Universal Credit, Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit, or Working Tax Credit.

Underaged parents do not need to meet any requirements to apply.

Some 18/19-year-olds in education who are financially dependent on their parents might also be eligible for the grant without meeting the requirement.

Applicants can request this financial aid by phone, post or online. Parents and carers are eligible.

For more information visit the government website.

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Sara is an award-winning student journalist at Glasgow Clyde College. During her career in media she hopes to explore the fields of investigative reporting, production and magazine journalism. Pizza connoisseur.

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