Renfrewshire Council

Calling all new and expectant parents... have you signed up for the Best Start Grant yet?

New and soon-to-be parents could receive some extra cash this Christmas with the launch of the Best Start Grant.

Applications for the Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment open on Monday 10 December, with the first payments are expected to be made before Christmas.

The grant gives financial support to families who are struggling during the early years of their child's life, paying £600 on the birth of their first baby and £300 for each arrival after that.

Two extra payments of £250 will also be available to help cover the costs of early learning and starting school, with applications open by summer 2019.

Parents will also have more time to apply for the new payment, which replaces the Sure Start Maternity Grant, with applications accepted from 24 weeks pregnant until the baby is six-months-old.

The Pregnancy and Baby Payment is open to people who receive Income Support, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit, Universal Credit, Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit.

Expectant mums who are under 18 or 18/19 and still dependent on their parents and in full-time education or training do not need to receive one of these benefits to apply.

Applications are open to parents and carers and can be made by phone, post or online.

To apply or for more information, call the Pregnancy and Baby Payment freephone helpline on 0800 182 222 or visit

For advice on making sure you're getting all of the benefits you're entitled to contact Advice Works on 0300 300 1238 or the Citizens Advice Bureau on 0141 889 2121.

Alternatively, you can call the Scottish Government's new free Financial Health Check service on 0800 085 7145.

Published: 6 December 2018