Social Security Scotland

If you have children, make sure you’re getting all of the income you are entitled to. Support is available for costs during pregnancy, babies, pre-school and school age children, and for school meal and clothing costs.

What family benefits does Social Security Scotland deliver?

Scottish Child Payment

A payment of £25 is made every four weeks for each eligible child under the age of six. There are no limits on the number of eligible children supported by Scottish Child Payment.

Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment

If you are pregnant or have a baby under 6 months old and you get tax credits or certain benefits, you could be eligible for a Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment. There is no cap on the number of children it supports. The payment is £642.35 for your first child, and reduces for any subsequent child. You can apply from 24 weeks of pregnancy until your baby is 6 months old.

Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment

A payment of £267.56 is made per child when they are between the ages of 2 and 3.5 years. You can still apply if your child is not taking up a place at nursery.

Best Start Grant School Age Payment

A payment of £267.56 is made per child to help eligible families with the costs of starting school. Visit mygov.scot/beststart for application dates and guidance on when to apply even if you are deferring.

Best Start Foods

You can get money on a pre-paid chip and pin Mastercard. This is paid every four weeks during pregnancy and up to when a child turns 3 years old. The card can be used to buy healthy food including eggs, milk, fruit, vegetables and pulses.

Child Winter Heating Assistance

A payment of £214.10 to help families with children and young people with a disability with the cost of energy.

Who can get these payments?

People can apply for these payments whether in work or not and may be eligible if they, or their partner, are the parent or full-time carer of a child and are in receipt of tax credits or certain benefits.


Child Disability Payment

Child Disability Payment is a new benefit from the Scottish Government to provide money to help with the extra care and mobility costs children and young people with a disability may have, up to the age of 18. This new benefit is replacing Disability Living Allowance for children living in Scotland.

You can apply for Child Disability Payment for a disabled child under 16. The disability can be mental or physical. Social Security Scotland will pay Child Disability Payment until the child is 18. You can also apply for Child Disability Payment if the disabled child does not have a diagnosis. In such cases, you can tell Social Security Scotland about how they’re affected and any symptoms they may have.

Those already receiving Disability Living Allowance for children do not need to make a new application as SSS will contact them ahead of their award being automatically transferred. This is happening in a phased approach and should be complete by spring 2023.

To find out more about Social Security Scotland benefits, or to apply visit:

Best Start Grants

Scottish Child Payment

Freephone 0800 182 222