Payments for children and young people

01 April 2022

Best start grant

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

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

best start foods pre-paid payment card, worth at least £4.50 a week for families with a child under 3 has replaced the Healthy Start scheme in Scotland.

Read about the legislation on best start foods.

Job start payment

job start payment of either £267.65 or £428.25 is available to help some young people with the costs of starting a new job.

Scottish child payment

Scottish child payment of £20 a week is available for children aged under 6 in lower income families. By the end of 2022 it should be extended to children under 16. Read the Scottish government announcement. Before Scottish child payment is extended to children up to age 16, there is a bridging payment in place. This is four £130 payments over the course of 2022.

Child winter heating assistance

Families living in Scotland with a severely disabled child are eligible for child winter heating assistance.

Young carer grant

Young people caring for someone with a disability can claim a young carer grant.

Child disability payment

From 26 July 2021, child disability payment started to replace disability living allowance for children in Scotland.