Families have been urged to check whether they are eligible and apply for the Best Start Grant School Age Payment as applications open for children old enough to start primary school.
This one-off payment of 267.65 is to help at a key stage in a child's life and can be used for anything from a new pair of shoes to books or arts and crafts materials.
Best Start Grant School Age Payment is available to families who get Universal Credit, tax credits or certain benefits with children born between 1 March 2017 and 28 February 2018.
Parents who have deferred their child's entry to school from August 2022 to August 2023, or those who are home schooling, should still apply before 28 February 2023 or they will lose out on their payment. There is no cap on the number of children in a household who can get this payment.
Best Start Grant School Age Payment is one of the Scottish Government's five family payments administered by Social Security Scotland. The package includes Scottish Child Payment, three Best Start Grants, and Best Start Foods. From the end of this year, both the Best Start Grant School Age Payment and the Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment will be paid automatically to families who get Scottish Child Payment when their child is of eligible age.
Minister for Social Security Ben Macpherson said:
When a child is due to start school it comes with additional costs, and so I would encourage parents and carers to check if you are eligible and, if so, to apply for our Best Start Grant School Age Payment. This money can be used for whatever your child needs and is one of the Scottish Government's five family benefits, which are only available in Scotland.
We have built our new social security system to make it as straightforward as possible for people to access support. This is why people can apply online, by post or over the phone. You can also apply for all five family payments for all the children that you are responsible for, in a single straightforward form - and we put no cap on the number of children who can get these payments. We want every child in Scotland to have the best start in life and our social security system is here to help with that.
Visit mygov.scot/beststart or call 0800 182 2222 to find out more or apply.