School Age 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 School Age Payment?

It is a £250 payment made around the time a child normally starts Primary 1 to help with the costs of a child starting school. Who can get it? You can apply for the School Age 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 Citizens Advice Scotland on 0800 085 7145 for a free Financial Health 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 School Age Payment in each family? Every child in a qualifying family will get a payment. How do you apply? For children who would normally start school this August you can apply from 3 June 2019 to 29 February 2020. We will be taking applications via our freephone helpline on 0800 182 2222, by post or online at