About the residence rules for the best start grant.
To get a best start grant you have to be ‘ordinarily resident’ in Scotland and either you or your partner get one of the following benefits.
‘Ordinarily resident’ means you choose to live in Scotland in a settled way, even if this is only for quite a short time. You will probably be asked for proof that you have an address in Scotland.
If you don’t get one of the benefits above, you can only get a best start grant if you are under 18, or you are 18 or 19 and someone still gets benefit for looking after you. In these circumstances, you must be ‘ordinarily resident’ in Scotland and meet one of the following conditions.
These rules also apply to Best Start foods during pregnancy. For the Best Start grant early learning and school age payments, and for Best Start foods for a child, there is also a requirement to show responsibility for the child, which is usually satisfied by entitlement to child benefit, universal credit or tax credits.