Parents should apply for Best Start grant says MSP

Gillian Martin encourages parents in Aberdeenshire to apply for the Best Start grant. Eligible families will receive £250 ahead of the new school term.

Gillian Martin MSP for Aberdeenshire East has encouraged parents of children aged four to five to apply for the SNP Government’s Best Start Grant.

A one-off £250 payment is currently open to eligible families, with a child who was born between 1st March 2015 and 29th February 2016, who will be starting primary school later this year.

The School-Age payment can be used for anything from a new pair of school shoes or arts and crafts materials for children.

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

Commenting, Aberdeenshire East MSP, Gillian Martin said

Covering the costs of a child starting school can be tough on family finances, and it’s more important than ever that families have access to financial support with the current climate.

The Scottish Government’s school age payment offers low income families, or those who receive support like Universal Credit, a £250 payment around the time children start at primary school.

We’re absolutely determined that every child, regardless of circumstances, gets the best start in life. So in these unprecedented and difficult times, I’d encourage families across Aberdeenshire to check what other financial support they may be eligible for too – such as school clothing grants or free school meals.

To find out how to apply visit or call 0800 182 2222.

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