Best Start Grant set to replace the Sure Start Maternity Grant
The Scottish Government will become responsible the Sure Start Maternity Grant, currently administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The Sure Start Maternity Grant is a one-off payment of £500 to help towards the costs of having your first child and available to recipients, or partners of recipients on a qualifying benefit.
If you have experience of the Sure Start Maternity Grant, we hope that you will take part in this research. By joining, people can share experiences of benefits to help us to build a new social security system in Scotland that puts people first and makes a lasting difference to lives. You will also be able to help us shape the Best Start Grant which will replace the Sure Start Maternity Grant.
“This new benefit once implemented will provide increased financial support to eligible families at key points throughout the early years of a child’s life.”
This will see support for qualifying families increase from £500 payable only for the first child under the current system, to £600. It will restore birth payments for second and subsequent children of £300 and it will introduce two new payments of £250 at key transitions points in the early years.
Taking part is completely voluntary and people can leave at any time. Whether or not they participate in the Experience Panels it will not affect benefits.
We know that volunteering to help us is a big commitment but we want to make sure that people understand that they can choose to be as involved as they wish and for as long, or short, as they feel they can.
Get involved and join the Social Security Experience Panels
If you have experience of the Sure Start Maternity Grant, we hope that you will take part in the Panels. Registration closes on 12 May 2017.
More info and Register at: www.gov.scot/socialsecurity
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