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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

Over £4 Million in Best Start Grants Paid to North Ayrshire Families


4,095,612 in support payments has been paid out to North Ayrshire families by the SNP Government in the first six months of this year.


New figures show that a total of 10,215 applications have been authorised in North Ayrshire.


Support includes Pregnancy and Baby Payments, Early Learning Payments, School Age Payments and Best Start Food Payments.


Since the SNP Government’s introduction of the Best Start Grant in 2018 and of Best Start Foods 2019, £130 million has been paid in support for pregnancy and the early years of raising a family, equating to 1.7 million Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods payments across Scotland.


Families who qualify for the Scottish Child Payment are now automatically awarded Best Start Grant Early Learning and School Age Payments when their child becomes eligible – from November 2022 until June this year, 14,825 Early Learning Payments and 23,810 School Age Payments were made.


This vital support for families in North Ayrshire is another indication of the SNP Government’s determination to eradicate child poverty.


We can do much more with the full powers of an independent nation so that we can build a fairer, more prosperous country.

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