The Best Start Grant ‘School Age Payment’ is a new £250 payment to help with the costs of preparing for school when a child is old enough to start Primary 1.

The application window for children born between 1 March 2015 and 29 February 2016 is open NOW until 28 February 2021.

If you’re a parent over 18, you can apply whether you’re in work or not, as long as you’re getting one of the following:

• Universal Credit
• Child Tax Credit
• Working Tax Credit
• Housing Benefit
• Income Support
• Pension Credit
• Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Apply for the grant at:

If you need help, or you’d prefer to apply by phone, call 0800 182 2222.

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