Best start grant is divided into three separate one-off payments. These are:
- pregnancy and baby payment of either £600 or £300
- early learning payment of £250
- school age payment of £250
Pregnancy and baby payment has replaced 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 best start foods pre-paid payment card, worth £4.25 a week for families with a child under 3 replaced the Healthy Start scheme in Scotland.
Job start payment
From 17 August 2020 a job start payment of either £250 or £400 is available to help some young people with the costs of starting a new job.
Scottish child payment
From 15 February 2021, a new Scottish child payment of £10 a week will be introduced for children aged under 6 in lower income families. Applications are now open.
Child winter heating assistance
From November 2020, families living in Scotland with a severely disabled child are eligible for child winter heating assistance.
Young carer grant
From 21 October 2019, young people caring for someone with a disability can claim a young carer grant.