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 benefit, 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 – February 2020

£ million 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25
Pregnancy and Baby Payment 4 7 7 7 7 7 7
Early Learning Payment 8 5 5 5 5 5
School Age Payment 5 5 5 5 5 5
Total 4 20 18 16 17 17 18

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