The School Age Payment is now open for applications. It is a new benefit being paid by Social Security Scotland.
It is part of the Best Start Grant which is a package of three payments to help parents and carers on low incomes. You usually need to be getting benefits to qualify.
The Pregnancy and Baby Payment is a payment for pregnant women or for families with children aged up to six months old (although this can be extended to one year old in some situations). The payment is £600 for a first child or £300 for a second or later child. There is also a supplement of £300 if you have twins or triplets for example.
The Early Learning Payment is a payment for families with children aged between two and three and a half years old. The payment is £250.
The School Age Payment is a payment for families with children who either have just started school or who are about to start school. If your child was born between 1 March 2014 and 28 February 2015, then you can apply for the £250 payment from 3 June 2019 until 29 February 2020. If your child was born between 1 March 2015 and 28 February 2016, then you will have to wait to apply between 1 June 2020 and 28 February 2021.
For the School Age Payment, your child doesn’t actually have to go to school for you to be able to get the payment.
You can apply by contacting Social Security Scotland either by phone, by post or online at mygov.scot. Applications for the School Age Payment can only be made from 3 June 2019.
Social Security Scotland - Best Start Grant
PO Box 10300
Tel: 0800 182 2222
You might be able to get more than one payment at the same time if you have children of the right age. For example, if you have a child aged three and a child aged five, you might be able to get an Early Learning Payment as well as a School Age Payment. As both these payments are £250, you could get £500. You can apply for both payments at the same time, by filling out one form, either on paper or online, or by phoning Social Security Scotland.