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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-17113: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to publicise the Best Start Grant, and what progress it is making with (a) automating the claim progress for and (b) improving the take-up rate of the grant.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 19 June 2018

A plan to publicise the Best Start Grant (BSG) is in development. This will include communications and marketing activity to launch the new benefit, which will be aligned with ongoing work with stakeholders to ensure that there is an awareness of the new entitlement.

I refer the member to my letter of 29 May 2018 to Clare Adamson MSP, Convenor of the Social Security Committee. My response addresses the points raised at the Committee session on 10 May, including those on automation and take up. This letter is published on the Scottish Parliament website and can be found here:

http://www.parliament.scot/S5_Social_Security/General%20Documents/20180529_MinisterSSecuritytoConvener_BSG_response.pdf