By Bob Doris MSP
Families getting more support under new system.
The Scottish Parliament is gaining some Social Security powers from the UK. Fairness is at the heart of everything our SNP Scottish Government does. With progressive changes, we are determined to provide the best support for those who need it.
The new Best Start Grant package is putting more money in the pockets of low income families than the UK Government controlled DWP system it replaced.
Since it started making Best Start Grant payments last December, Social Security Scotland has made more than 42,000 payments to families in Scotland, totalling £12.9 million.
Of the total paid out between December and June, £6.1 million was for the Pregnancy and Baby Payment, which replaced the UK Government’s Sure Start Maternity Grant in Scotland. In the entire 2017/18 financial year DWP paid out a total of £2m Sure Start Maternity payments in Scotland.
The Best Start Grant also introduced two brand new payments, the Early Learning Payment, which has paid out £4.3 million and the School Age Payment, which has paid £2.4 million.
That’s all in stark contrast with the UK Government. Universal Credit, disability assessments and a benefits freeze have hurt Scotland’s most needy citizens the most.
More information about our new benefits:-
• Scottish Child Payment. Starting next year, £10 per week, per child, for the poorest families. All in addition to the current child benefit.
• Carer’s Allowance Supplement. This year, more than 83,000 carers in Scotland will get an extra £452.40 in Carer’s Allowance Supplement as a result of Scottish Government spending.
• Best Start Grant. A package of three payments. It provides parents who get certain benefits / tax credits with financial support durng the key years of a child’s life: birth, early years and starting school.