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Best Start Grant applications to open in December

Social Security Scotland will open applications for the Pregnancy and Baby Payment of its new Best Start Grant on Monday 10 December.

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Social Security Scotland will open applications for the Pregnancy and Baby Payment of its new Best Start Grant on Monday 10 December.

What is the Best Start Grant?

Best Start Grant will provide much-needed help for low income families in Scotland. Eligible applicants for the Pregnancy and Baby Payment will receive £600 for their first child, £100 more than the Sure Start Maternity Grant it replaces. The payment also provides £300 for all subsequent children – meaning there is no cap on the number of children it supports, unlike the Sure Start Maternity Grant.

In addition to the Pregnancy and Baby Payment, we will introduce two additional Best Start Grant payments in summer 2019. The first £250 payment will be made around the time a child starts nursery to help with the costs of early learning, and a further £250 payment will be made when they start school.  

Your role

Housing associations already have relationships in place with the families who will be eligible for Best Start Grant, so Social Security Scotland is asking for your help to raise awareness and encourage people to apply.

To support you in this awareness raising effort, Social Security Scotland have created a partner toolkit. The toolkit contains information about the posters and leaflets they can provide to highlight the Best Start Grant. It also contains some model articles that could be used in publications and some suggested social media content.

The toolkit also provides some more detailed information about Best Start Grant to help you inform your staff about the new benefit and how it will be delivered, as well as a Q&A document. Finally, Social Security Scotland have also produced a video version of a presentation available to help with training.

SFHA members can access the toolkit online.

Additional support

Social Security Scotland are currently preparing part two of the toolkit, which will provide example copies of the letter templates they will use, their paper application form, and information on re-determinations and appeals processes. If there are any other materials you would find helpful, you can contact the team by email: localdelivery@socialsecurity.gov.scot.

Social Security Scotland would also be delighted to visit you and talk to you more about Social Security Scotland and the Best Start Grant. If you’re interested in hearing more from them, please contact Rachael McKechnie, National Engagement and Partnership Lead (Rachael.McKechnie@socialsecurity.gov.scot, 0300 244 1399).