Date lodged: 20 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-20403 by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 20 December 2018, whether this has been progressed with the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport; whether it considers that a cross-portfolio approach has satisfactorily been taken, and whether section 3 of the Social Security Act has been adequately satisfied by not placing an explicit requirement for NHS boards to provide applications to new mothers in hospital.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 9 January 2019
Ministers continue to work closely to ensure an effective cross-portfolio approach. Throughout the development and implementation of the Best Start Grant we have and will continue to engage with a range of stakeholders, service users and the wider public as well as colleagues from within Scottish Government.
Section 3 of the Social Security Act does not make specific requirements about the promotional activity to be undertaken; we believe it has been adequately satisfied by the work that has been done to maximise uptake of the Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment. The very high number of applications, especially online, is evidence that our messages are reaching people.