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Don't miss out on school age payment, Moray MSP urges

By Alan Beresford

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MORAY families who are eligible for the Scottish Government's school age payment scheme are being urged to apply before time runs out.

Moray MSP Richard Lochhead.
Moray MSP Richard Lochhead.

Applications for the SNP government's Best Start Grant close on February 28 and Moray MSP Richard Lochhead is keen to see all those who qualify benefit from the fund.

He said: “As we approach the application deadline for the school age payment, I want to encourage eligible families in Moray who have not yet applied to get their applications in before the end of the month.

“Additionally, parents who weren’t eligible when the payment opened in June but whose circumstances have changed may now be eligible for this money – which can be used for things like clothes and home-learning materials, or anything else you need for your child.

“Eligible people can also apply for the new Scottish Child Payment at the same time - this is an extra £40 every four weeks for children under six.

“The SNP is absolutely determined that every child, regardless of circumstances, gets the best start in life, and we’re committed to ensuring families in Moray receive all the money they are entitled to.”

Parents who have deferred their child’s entry to school from August 2020 to August 2021, or those home learning, must still apply before the 28 February closing date or they will lose out on their payment.

The payment is part of the SNP Government’s Best Start Grant, a package of three payments for families who get tax credits or certain benefits – including Universal Credit, Income Support and Housing Benefit – to help at key stages in a child’s life.

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