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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

Deadline for School Age Payment Applications is 28 February

The SNP Government has encouraged families to check whether they should apply for Best Start Grant School Age Payment as this year’s deadline approaches.

Parents and guardians who receive qualifying benefits or tax credits and who have a child born between 01 March 2017 and 28 February 2018 are being urged to apply for the one-off payment of £267.65 per child.

Funding applications must be submitted by midnight on the 28 February closing date.

The SNP Government introduced automatic payments for Early Learning Payment and School Age Payment in November 2022.

Parents and guardians who receive Scottish Child Payment will get School Age Payment automatically when their child reaches eligibility and within the School Age Payment window of 01 June to 28 February.

Some people don’t qualify for Scottish Child Payment but could be eligible for School Age Payment, including those on housing benefit.

There may be others who choose not to apply for Scottish Child Payment who can still apply for School Age Payment.

People can apply at online, by phone, in person or by post. More information can be found at or by calling 0800 182 2222.

Further payments information is available at:


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