Parents, carers and guardians who receive Universal Credit, tax credits or other qualifying benefits and who have a child born between 01 March 2018 and 28 February 2019 are being urged by Social Security Scotland to check whether they should apply for Best Start Grant School Age Payment or if they now get the payment automatically.
Best Start Grant School Age Payment is a payment of £294.70 per child that helps with the costs of preparing for school. Parents and carers are eligible at the point a child is first old enough to start primary school. It is part of the five family payments people may be able to get, along with the Scottish Child Payment.
If someone is already getting Scottish Child Payment and they are eligible for Best Start Grant School Age Payment, this will be paid automatically when their child is first old enough to start primary school.