Date lodged: 15 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether eligibility for the Best Start Grant system, referred to in the Programme for Government, will be based on the current (a) maternity grant or (b) healthy start eligibility rules or on a different form of eligibility rules.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 28 September 2016
No decisions have yet been made about the operation of the new integrated Best Start Grant or the provision of Healthy Start Vouchers. This includes decisions on eligibility. We are considering a number of options and are consulting widely with people who have experience of the benefits and other interest groups. As part of our consultation on the Future of Social Security in Scotland, which closes on 28 October 2016, we are seeking views on the integration of Healthy Start into the new Best Start Grant.