The first payments of the Best Start Pregnancy and Baby Grant will be made before Christmas, the Scottish Government has announced.
Social Security Scotland will be taking applications via their Freephone helpline on 0800 182 2222, by post or online at https://www.mygov.scot/pregnancy-and-baby-payment
, from 8.00am on Monday 10 December.
The processing time will be 5-10 working days so this means the first payments of this new benefit will be made before Christmas.
A toolkit to help professionals raise awareness and answer any questions they receive is available here
and is designed for people working in support roles.
More materials will be added to the toolkit in time and this will include an easyread leaflet and translations.
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