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Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has welcomed the news that 1,450 families in the Perth & Kinross Council area have benefitted from new welfare payments introduced by the Scottish Government. 

The Scottish Government opened the Best Start Grant for applications in December 2018.

The payment provides parents or carers who get certain benefits or tax credits with financial support during the key early years of a child's life.

In the first year of their introduction, payments worth £418,065 have been made to families in Perth & Kinross. 

The Best Start Grant provides payments to eligible families at the birth of children, at nursery age and at school age. 

Commenting, Ms Cunningham said:

“The SNP are determined to use our powers to build a social security system built on dignity and respect.

“The Best Start Grant provides crucial financial support to families at key stages of their children’s lives, and I’m delighted that almost 1500 families in Perth & Kinross have already benefitted with total payments getting on for half a million pounds.  

“This is just one of the ways the SNP in government are working to tackle child poverty – with the first payments of our innovative new Scottish Child Payment set to be made this year.

“Sadly, the need to mitigate Tory cuts like the Bedroom Tax leaves us working with one hand tied behind our back. 

“It’s time for Scotland to have full control of all social security powers so that we can build a fairer country.”


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The Best Start Grant is an expanded replacement for the UK Government’s Sure Start Maternity Grant.

Social Security Scotland began taking applications on Monday 10 December 2018.

The Pregnancy and Baby Payment replaces and expands on the UK Government's Sure Start Maternity Grant by:

* providing eligible families with £600 on the birth of their first child and £300 on the birth of any subsequent children

* not putting a limit on the number of children that are supported

* extending the application window from the 24th week of pregnancy to 6 months after the birth, giving clients longer to apply


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