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20 November 2018

North-East MSPs Welcome Best Start Grant First Payments

North-East MSPs have welcomed the announcement that the first payments of the Best Start Grant will be delivered to families in time for Christmas.

The Best Start Grant – which provides low-income families with financial support during the early years of a child’s life – will see eligible applicants receive £600 for their first child.

The amount is £100 more than the UK Government’s equivalent in England.

Best Start Grants replace and expand 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.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP and Gillian Martin MSP, said:

“We are delighted that families in the North-East will be eligible for their first payments of the Best Start Grant in time for Christmas.

“These new payments will ensure that our under 5’s get the best possible start in life.

“It’s vital that the SNP government can provide help at a time when families in the North-East are seeing UK government social security support drastically reduced, and Universal Credit is causing hardship across Scotland.

“By reversing and mitigating the Tory cuts that have been so damaging to families in Aberdeenshire East and Banffshire and Buchan Coast, and ensuring that we support those on the lowest incomes, the SNP are building a social security system based on dignity and respect.”

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