We have 5 payments for families who get tax credits or certain benefits to help balance the costs of looking after young children.
Best Start Grant (Pregnancy and Baby Payment, Early Learning Payment and School Age Payment): one-off payments at key stages during your child’s early years
Best Start Foods: a prepaid card to buy food for your kids under 3
Scottish Child Payment: £40 every 4 weeks for children under 6
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Do you have a child who is under 6 years old? If you get tax credits or certain benefits, you could be eligible for Scottish Child Payment.
It’s £40 every 4 weeks to help balance the costs of looking after young children.
Find out more, and apply, at mygov.scot/
- Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment – one off payment of up to £606 from 24 weeks in pregnancy up until a baby turns 6 months for families who get certain benefits.
- Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment – one off payment of £252.50 when a child is between two and three years and six months for families who get certain benefits.
- Best Start Grant School Age Payment – one off payment of £252.50 when a child would normally start primary one for families who get certain benefits.
- Best Start Foods – a pre-paid card from pregnancy up to when a child turns three for families on certain benefits to help buy healthy food.
- Carer’s Allowance Supplement – an automatic payment made twice a year to people who get Carer’s Allowance through the DWP on certain dates each year.
- Funeral Support Payment – money towards the costs of a funeral at a difficult time like this for people on certain benefits who are responsible for paying for a funeral.
- Job Start Payment – £252.50 for 16 to 24 year olds who have been on certain benefits for six months or more to help with the costs of starting a job.
- Young Carer Grant – an annual payment of more than £308.15 for people 16, 17 or 18 who care for people who get a disability benefit from the DWP for an average of 16 hours a week or more.
- Child Winter Heating Assistance – a new £202 payment to help families of a child on the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance for Children to heat their homes. Payments will begin on Friday 27 November and these are expected to be complete by Friday 11 December.
- Scottish Child Payment – a new, unique to Scotland, benefit that will give qualifying parents and carers £40 every four weeks to help towards the costs of looking after each child under 6. It is planned to be fully rolled out to children under the age of 16 by the end of 2022.
- Child Disability Payment – a payment providing extra money to help with the costs of caring for a child with a disability or ill-health condition. It replaces Disability Living Allowance for children in Scotland that was previously delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions. Child Disability Payment is available to new applications from people who live in Dundee City, Western Isles and Perth and Kinross. It will be open to people who live in every Local Authority area in Scotland from November 2021.