Pregnancy and Baby Payment
What is the Best Start Grant?
It is a package of three payments that will give extra money to parents and carers during the early years of a child’s life. What is the Pregnancy and Baby Payment? It is a £600 payment for a first child and £300 for other children. There will be an extra £300 if you have a multiple birth. It will help with expenses in pregnancy or having a new child, for example maternity clothes, a pram or additional heating. This replaces the Sure Start Maternity Grant. Who can get it? You can apply for the Pregnancy and Baby Payment if you live in Scotland whether you are in work or not. You may be eligible if you are the parent or carer of the child, and you get certain benefits or tax credits.* *Universal Credit (UC), Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Working Tax Credit.
To check if you are entitled to any of these benefits, call Bute Advice Centre for a free Benefits Check. If you are under 18 you are automatically eligible and don’t have to be on a qualifying benefit. You would also be eligible if you are 18 or 19, in full time education or training and dependent on someone else like a parent or carer who is claiming child benefit, child tax credit, pension credit or universal credit for you. How many children qualify for Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment in each family? Every child in a qualifying family will get a payment.