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3 June 2019

Stevenson Welcomes School Benefit for Low Income Families

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed a new benefit for low income families.

The £250 School Age Payment is available for families with a child old enough to start primary school this August.

The payment is part of the Best Start Best Grant, a package of three payments for families in receipt of eligible benefits – including Universal Credit, Income Support, Housing Benefit and tax credits – to help at key stages in a child’s life.

The Best Start Grant package also includes the Pregnancy and Baby Payment, which has been open for applications since December 2018 and the Early Learning Payment, which launched in April.

Applications for the School Age Payment opened today (June 3rd) and will remain open until February 29th 2020.

Eligible families can apply for a payment if their child was born between March 1st 2014 and February 28th 2015.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP, said:

“Children starting school can be an added cost for families and this new payment will help towards easing some of the financial burden

“It will help ensure we bring equality to children by giving them help towards a fairer start

“I would encourage families in my Banffshire and Buchan Coast constituency to apply for this payment if they are eligible to help support them as their children start school.”

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