Gil Paterson: Parents in my constituency will benefit from boost to maternity grants by SNP government
Clydebank and Milngavie mums with low incomes can expect increased financial assistance from the SNP government.
MSP Gil Paterson has applauded the use of new Maternity and Early Years Allowances powers to create a new grant starting in 2019.
The Best Start Grant will provide financial assistance to new low income mums, including: £600 for their first child, £300 for second and subsequent children, £250 when child starts nursery and £250 when child starts school.
The policy announcement coincides with the registration of the baby box opening for mums-to-be expecting on or after August 15.
Mr Paterson, MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie, said: “There’s no denying we have an issue with poverty in parts of my constituency and that it can have a negative effect on a child’s early years — the Best Start Grant and Baby Box are designed to combat this.
“The policies are all about bringing a level playing-field for children who are born into circumstances beyond their control. They will also help relieve the pressure on struggling parents.
“New mums in Scotland will now get the most financial assistance than any other part of the United Kingdom, which shows how we do politics different in Scotland. At the heart of our agenda is helping people who need it.”
Press release from Gil Paterson MSP by Alan Ferguson (07342 061722).