Date lodged: 17 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether entitlement to Best Start Grant (Early Learning and School Age Payments) will apply to children who meet early learning and school age once payments of the Best Start Grant (Pregnancy and Baby Grant) begin in 2018-19, and, if so, whether these payments will be made retrospectively.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 26 September 2018
The Best Start Grant is made up of 3 separate grants and an application is required for each grant. Implementation will be in 2 phases.
Social Security Scotland will accept applications from those eligible for the Pregnancy and Baby Grant before Christmas 2018.
Delivery of the Early Learning and School Age Grants will follow by Summer 2019. Applications for these grants will not be accepted beforehand. Once delivery has begun, payments will be made to those who are eligible on the date of application and will not be made retrospectively to those who may have qualified earlier.