Nearly 2,000 families in West Dunbartonshire have benefited from a Scottish grant boost children’s early years.
The Scottish Government’s Best Start Grant has paid out £532,825 to 1,940 families since December 2018 in the council catchment. In East Dunbartonshire, the figures were £211,433 to 730 families since December 2018 in the council catchment.
The payments are broken down into pregnancy and baby payment, early learning payment and school age payment.
Respectively, £231,000, £177,000 and £104,000 — a total of £532,825 — was granted to parents or carers in receipt of certain benefits. In East Dunbartonshire, the figures were: £90,000, £68,500 and £44,250.
Gil Paterson, SNP MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie, said: “We in the SNP are determined to use our powers to build a social security system built on dignity and respect.
“The Best Start Grant provides crucial financial support to families at key stages of their children’s lives, and I’m delighted that nearly 2,000 families in West Dunbartonshire have already benefited.
“This is just one of the ways the SNP in government is working to tackle child poverty – with the first payments of our innovative new Scottish Child Payment set to be made this year.
“Sadly, the need to mitigate aggressive austerity imposed by the UK Government leaves us working with one hand tied behind our back.
“Scotland should have full control of all social security powers so we can tailor benefits to what people truly need in our communities.”
The Best Start Grant is an expanded replacement for the UK Government’s Sure Start Maternity Grant.
Social Security Scotland began taking applications on Monday 10 December 2018.
The Pregnancy and Baby Payment replaces and expands on the UK Government's Sure Start Maternity Grant by: