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 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26 2026-27 2027-28
Pregnancy and Baby Payment 6 7 7 8 8 8 8
Early Learning Payment 4 8 6 6 6 6 6
School Age Payment 5 6 6 6 6 6 6
Total 14 21 20 20 19 19 19