Children & Families Social Security Scotland Support

Parents encouraged to apply for School Age Payment before deadline

If you’re a young family currently in receipt of benefits, you could be eligible for the Best Start Grant School Age Payment.

Eligible families across Scotland are being encouraged to apply for the Best Start Grant School Age Payment before applications close on 28 February 2021. The one-off £250 payment can be used to buy anything from a warm coat to books and toys. Applications are open to families that have a child that was born between 1 March 2015 and 29 February 2016. Parents who have deferred their child’s entry to school from August 2020 to August 2021, or those who are home schooling, may still be eligible for this payment and should still apply before the closing date. The payment is part of the Best Start Grant, a package of three payments to support families who get tax credits or certain benefits – including Universal Credit, Income Support and Housing Benefit.

More information is available on the Social Security Scotland website – https://www.socialsecurity.gov.scot/benefits

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