Payments for children | CPAG

Payments for children

Date: 
05 July 2019

Best start grant

Best start grant is divided into three separate one-off payments. These are:

Pregnancy and baby payment replaces the Sure Start maternity grant in Scotland. The grant helps with maternity costs if you have a low income or if you are pregnant or have a child when you are under 18. It was introduced on 10 December 2018.

Early learning payment and school age payment help with costs as your child grows up.

The early learning payment was introduced on 29 April 2019.

The school age payment was introduced on 3 June 2019.

Sometimes you can get a best start grant if you are looking after someone else’s child, for example as a kinship carer.

Best start foods

From 12 August 2019, a new best start foods pre-paid payment card, worth £4.25 a week for families with a child under 3 replaces the Healthy Start scheme in Scotland.

Scottish child payment

From December 2020, a new Scottish child payment of £10 a week will also be introduced for children in lower income families.

Winter heating assistance

From April 2020, any family living in Scotland with a severely disabled child will be eligible for Winter Heating Assistance.