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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-18815: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of Table 5: Indicative BSG expenditure and caseload in Scotland for 2018-19, in the Scottish Fiscal Commission report, Supplementary Costings:  Social Security Best Start Grant  (Pregnancy and Baby Grant) September 2018, and whether it will commit to delivery from 1 November 2018.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 3 October 2018

The Scottish Government will deliver Pregnancy and Baby Grant payments before Christmas 2018. We will publicise the start date in due course.

The Scottish Fiscal Commission have chosen to present indicative forecasts for costs in 2018-19 based on potential delivery from 1 November 2018 or 1 December 2018 as the start date is still unconfirmed. This illustrates a range of possible costs in 2018-19, depending on when payments start.