Best Start Grant

Best Start Grant (BSG) is a series of one-off payments to help low income households with the costs of having a child. This includes a Pregnancy and Baby Payment, an Early Learning Payment and a School Age Payment. To qualify, families must have been awarded a qualifying payment, usually Child Tax Credit or Universal Credit.

BSG Pregnancy and Baby Payment replaces the UK Government’s Sure Start Maternity Grant.

Forecast spending for Best Start Grant

£ million 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26 2026-27
Pregnancy and Baby Payment 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Early Learning Payment 6 6 5 5 5 5 5
School Age Payment 6 6 5 5 5 5 5
Total 18 18 17 17 17 17 17

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