Best Start Grant (BSG) is a series of one-off payments to help low income households with the costs of having a child. Support available includes a Pregnancy and Baby Payment, an Early Learning Payment and a School-Age Payment. To qualify, families must have been awarded a qualifying benefit.
The BSG will replace the UK Government’s Sure Start Maternity Grant. The Pregnancy and Baby Payment started in December 2018. The Early Learning and School-Age Payments are being introduced by summer 2019.
On 12 December 2018, we provided a cost for the introduction of the BSG: Pregnancy and Baby Grant and compared it with the cost of the Sure Start Maternity Grant (SSMG).
Forecast expenditure on Best Start Grant
|Pregnancy and Baby Payment
|Early Learning Payment
Source: Scottish Fiscal Commission (2018) - Scotland's Economic and Fiscal Forecasts December 2018
When the Scottish Government introduces secondary legislation for the Early Learning and School-Age Grants, we will provide a forecast.
Scottish Fiscal Commission (2018) - Scotland's Economic and Fiscal Forecasts December 2018
Scottish Fiscal Commission. Social Security – Best Start Grant (Pregnancy and Baby Grant) – September 2018
Early Years Assistance: Scottish Government Response to the Consultation on Best Start Grant Regulations
Scottish Government page on Best Start Grant
Pregnancy and Baby Payment application page