Citizens Advice Scotland has responded to new statistics published today by the Scottish Government about the Best Start Grant, which is aimed at helping families on low incomes.
CAS Social Justice spokesperson Mhoraig Green said:
“It’s great to see that 75,800 people have been helped by the Best Start Grant. In particular, the additional support for parents whose children are starting nursery or school has provided a boost to the incomes of 44,000 families at a time when money is tight.
“However, there is still more that can be done to make sure that everyone who is entitled to the Best Start Grant, and other social security payments they might be eligible for, receives them. The Scottish Government must continue its efforts to increase benefit take-up, including more support for advice provision.
“If anyone is unsure about what benefits they are entitled to, we would encourage them to visit their local Citizens Advice Bureau for free, confidential and impartial advice.”