Best Start Grant School Age Payment

Best Start Grant School Age Payment

10th June 2019

Social Security Scotland’s new Best Start Grant School Age Payment is now open for applications on-line and by phone. Our stakeholder toolkit is also now available.

To make sure that people are aware of the payment and we get this additional money into the pockets of the families who need it we would once again appreciate if you could help raise awareness of the payment through your organisation and networks.

The payment itself will provide families in Scotland, who are on a low income, with £250 to help with the costs of a child starting school.  People can apply around the time a child normally starts Primary 1 and if they get certain benefits or tax credits.  For this year that means if their child is born on or between 1 March 2014 to 28 Feb 2015. Applications can be made from 3 June 2019 until 29 February 2020 either online at www.mygov.scot/best-start-grant or by contacting our Freephone helpline on 0800 182 2222. The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.

The Best Start Grant School Age Payment is the third in our Best Start Grant package of payments that is providing extra money to families in Scotland who are on a low income to help support their child during their early years.  For that reason we are keen that people are aware of their entitlement and know how to apply.  The assistance that you have already provided in helping promote the Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby and Early Learning Payments has been of enormous benefit. For instance within the first two days of the Early Learning Payment being launched in April we received over 6,000 applications.  We want to build on this and with the valuable support that you provide to people and communities meaning that the payment could benefit the families you support any help you and your teams can provide in raising awareness and uptake will be indispensable.

To support you in this we have created a specific Best Start Grant School Age Payment toolkit containing materials for your use.  This includes fact sheets on eligibility and how and when to apply, posters, articles that can be used in local newsletters and staff updates and social media posts.  These can all be accessed on our website at https://www.socialsecurity.gov.scot/what-we-do/stakeholder-resources along with our previous toolkits. It would be extremely helpful if you could share this with your wider teams and networks.   Also if you are able to share any posts from our social media channels @SocSecScot on Twitter and Social Security Scotland on Facebook that would be really helpful.

Please also let us know if you have a specific need in regards to communications products and we will do our best to accommodate this.

Social Security Scotland’s Local Delivery Team are also on hand to attend events, meetings or staff training opportunities. Please contact us by email at localdelivery@socialsecurity.gov.scot in the first instance and we’ll be in touch.