Best Start School Age Payment

The Best Start School Age Payment is a lump sum of £250 which is intended to help with the cost of a child starting school in August 2020. It is in addition to the school clothing grant and does not need to be paid back.

From 1 June 2020 until 28 February 2021 applications are invited by Social Security Scotland for children born between 1 March 2015 and 29February 2016 who are starting school in August 2020. Parents who have deferred their child’s school entry to August 2021 should still apply during this period. If they don’t it will be too late, and they will miss out on their payment.

Best Start Grant School Age Paymentcan be claimed if parents and carers are receiving any one of the following (If you’re under 18, you do not need to be on any payments or benefits to apply:

Universal CreditHousing Benefit
Child Tax CreditIncome Support
Working Tax CreditPension Credit
Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Parents or carers can apply via Social Security Scotland freephone helpline on 0800 182 2222, by post or online at www.mygov.scot/best-start-grant

Don’t miss out, find out.

Getting in touch with the Welfare Support Team is the first step to maximising your potential income. For help to apply for all benefits or entitlements contact the Welfare Support Team: telephone 0800 090 1004 oremailwelfare.support@highland.gov.uk

Alternatively, contact Citizens Advice for general information or for details of the customers local office they can visit:  www.citizensadvice.org.uk/scotland/benefits

Full support is available to support parents and carers through the council’s Welfare Support Team and Highland CABx to ensure households are receiving all their benefits and entitlements – ever more important in these challenging times.  Advice is freely available to help families with applying for the Clothing Grant and the Best Start Grant.

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