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Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has welcomed the news that an important step has been taken in the process towards the introduction of a new benefit. Scotland’s new Best Start Grant School Age Payment will open for applications on 3 June this year.

Ms Cunningham said:

“Regulations have been laid in Parliament, meaning an important step has been taken towards the introduction of a payment which will give those families who need it most some help towards the costs associated with the transition to school.

“Delivered by Social Security Scotland, the new benefits service set up by the Scottish Government, will give eligible families a payment of £250 to help with some of those extra costs that can be so difficult when a child moves on to school.

“This payment is part of the SNP’s commitment to delivering additional support to needy families at important transition points in a child’s life and builds on the recently launched Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment.

“No equivalent of this payment exists under the UK benefits system, which underlines the Scottish Government’s ambition to deliver a social security system that better meets the needs of our people.

“The Pregnancy and Baby Payment launch saw an unprecedented number of applications with £1.3 million paid out to eligible families on low incomes in just its first month of operations.

“I am confident that the School Age Payment will be as successful and just as warmly welcomed.”

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, 63 Glasgow Road, Perth PH2 0PE  •  01738 620540   •   Website designed & hosted by Craig Mackay Design