Date lodged: 6 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether applications for the Best Start Grant baby and pregnancy payments will be provided to new mothers in hospital.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 20 December 2018
We are actively working with health boards to ensure that promotion of the Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment is embedded in their maternity and health visiting pathways and in relevant publications such as "Ready Steady Baby".
Health boards are best placed to decide the approach to promotion in their individual areas. We have not placed an explicit requirement for them to provide applications to new mothers in hospital but some may choose to do so.