Pregnancy and Baby Payment launches in December
22nd November 2018
Social Security Scotland will be accepting applications for the new Best Start Grant – Pregnancy and Baby Payment from Monday 10 December 2018.
The Pregnancy and Baby Payment is a cash payment for the parents, or carers, of a baby. This is paid to help cover some of the costs of having children. These costs could be things like needing a pram, heating your home or buying clothes for your baby but, because it’s a cash payment, you can choose how you need to spend the money.
The Pregnancy and Baby grant will replace and expand on 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
- Extending the application window from 24 weeks pregnant to 6 months after the birth, giving clients longer to apply
A toolkit is available to download for anyone working in support roles and to help answer any questions about the grant.
Best Start Grants (BSG) will provide lower-income families with financial support during the key early years of a child’s life. The processing time for applications will be 5-10 working days, enabling the first grant payments to be made before Christmas 2018. Applicants who may be approaching the 6-month deadline are encouraged to apply early.
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