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Financial Help For Starting School

The Scottish Government’s Best Start Grant School Age Payment supports families with children old enough to start primary school.

The Best Start Grant School Age Payment is available to families who get Universal Credit, tax credits or certain benefits with children born between 1 March 2017 and 28 February 2018. It is a one-off payment of £267.65 to help with the stage of starting school.

There is no cap on the number of children in a household who can get this payment.

It also applies to those who have deferred their child’s entry to school from August 2022 to August 2023 and to home schoolers.

To find out more and how to apply click on this link: Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods

School Age Payment is a payment of £267.65 per child. It helps with the costs of preparing for school when your child is first old enough to start primary school.

You can get the payment for multiple children, as long as each child is the right age when you apply.

To get a payment, your child does not have to take up a place at school. You’ll still need to apply in the year that your child is first old enough to start school, if:

  • you’re deferring when you child starts school
  • your child is not going to school

When you need to apply for the School Age Payment depends on when your child was born:

You can spend this money on anything you need for your child at this age. This could include:

  • clothes
  • school trips
  • stationery for school

The School Age Payment has not replaced the School Clothing Grant. The School Age Payment is a new payment and it does not affect payments of the School Clothing Grant in any way. If you want to apply for both, you can.

Click on this link : How To Apply

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