Best Start Grant School Age Payment

Please find below details and links to the new Best Start Grant School Age Payment which will be launched from Monday 3rd June 2019.

Launch of the Best Start Grant School Age Payment – Monday 3rd June 2019

In conjunction with Social Security Scotland, we wanted to highlight to you that from Monday 3 June, the Best Start Grant School Age Payment will be open for applications and to ask for your help in raising awareness of this new payment through your communication channels and services.

The Best Start Grant School Age Payment is a one off payment of £250 available around the time a child would normally start Primary 1. The first application window for the School Age Payment will run from 3 June 2019 to 29 Feb 2020 – children who were born from 1 March 2014 to 28 Feb 2015 inclusive will be the right age to claim.

The School Age Payment is the third in Social Security Scotland’s Best Start Grant package of payments that is providing extra money to families in Scotland who are on a low income to help support their child during their early years. Best Start Grant is another tool to support efforts to tackle child poverty.

We want to help to make sure that all eligible families are aware of their entitlement and know how to apply. To support your organisations with this, Social Security Scotland have created a specific Best Start Grant School Age Payment toolkit containing materials for your use. This will be available from 3 June and includes fact sheets on eligibility and how and when to apply, posters, articles that can be used in local newsletters and staff updates and social media posts. These can all be accessed on the Social Security Scotland website at