School-Age Payment Claims Open

Extra money to help cover costs when a child is about to start school

Families have been urged to check if they are eligible and apply for the school age payment of the Best Start Grant, as applications are open for children of primary school starting age.

This one-time payment of £267.65 is intended to help at a key stage in a child’s life and can be used for everything from a new pair of shoes to books or arts and crafts materials .

The School-Age Best Start Grant payment is available to families receiving universal credit, tax credits, or certain benefits with children born between March 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018.

Parents who have postponed their child’s entry to school from August 2022 to August 2023, or those who are home schooled, still need to apply by February 28, 2023 or they will lose their payment. There is no cap on the number of children in a household who can receive this payment.

Best Start Grant School Age Payment is one of five Scottish Government family payments administered by Social Security Scotland. The package includes Scottish Child Payment, three Best Start grants and Best Start Foods. From the end of this year, the Best Start Grant School Age Payment and the Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment will be automatically paid to families who receive the Scottish Child Payment when their child is reached the eligible age.

Social Security Minister Ben Macpherson said:

“When a child is due to start school, there are additional costs, and so I encourage parents and guardians to check if you are eligible and, if so, to request our payment for the school age of the Best Start grant. This money can be used for anything your child needs and is one of five Scottish Government family benefits, which are only available in Scotland.

“We’ve built our new social security system to make it as easy as possible for people to access help. This is why people can apply online, by mail or by telephone. You can also apply for all five family payments for all the children you are responsible for, in one simple form – and we don’t place any cap on the number of children who can receive these payments. We want every child in Scotland to have the best start in life and our social security system is there to help. »

Visit or call 0800 182 2222 to find out more or apply.

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