Applications flood in for Scotland's new Early Learning Payment

By agency reporter
May 7, 2019

More than 6000 applications for the Best Start Grant have been received in just two days following the launch of the Scottish Government’s new Early Learning Payment.

The payment is for children aged between two and three and a half and can be used for anything from children’s clothes and shoes to toys, books or days out.

It is part of the Best Start Grant package and applications for the £250 payment, opened on Monday 29 April 2019. (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/28164) Parents can apply to Social Security Scotland for all Best Start Grant payments in a single application form.

Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “The Best Start Grant will give children the best possible start in life and I am delighted we have received so many applications in the two days following the launch of our new payment. This new payment is going to put money in to the pockets of low income families with young children, many of which have been affected by UK welfare cuts.

“The Best Start Grant package will support 30,000 to 40,000 families this year – totalling an investment of £12 million. This is £10 million more than previously provided by UK Government support. For a two-child family, the Best Start Grant package will provide total support of  £1900 – that’s £1400 more than they would get under the previous UK system. This shows the direct difference we are making to families across Scotland with our new powers over social security”

The Best Start Grant package has three elements: the Pregnancy and Baby Payment, which has been open for applications since December, the Early Learning Payment, and the School Age payment, which will open for applications in June.

Social Security Scotland came into being as an Executive Agency of the Scottish Government on 1 September 2018.

* Further information can be found here or by calling 0800 182 2222

* Scottish Government https://www.gov.scot/

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