ELIGIBLE FAMILIES COULD RECEIVE £250 AHEAD OF NEW SCHOOL TERM

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ELIGIBLE FAMILIES COULD RECEIVE £250 AHEAD OF NEW SCHOOL TERM

Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey is encouraging parents of children aged four to five to apply for the Scottish 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 Scottish 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, Clare Haughey MSP said:

“Covering the costs of a child starting school can be tough on family finances – especially in 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.

“In these unprecedented and difficult times, please make sure you check to see what support you may be entitled to.”

ENDS

Notes:

Visit mygov.scot or call 0800 182 2222 to check eligibility and to apply.

Date published: 3rd June 2020

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