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Edinburgh MSP Urges Families To Apply For Increased Best Start Payment

Eligible families in Edinburgh are being encouraged to apply for the Best Start Foods payment after the Scottish Government delivered on its promise to increase the support within its first 100 days in government.

The payment is increasing to £18 from £17 during pregnancy and for any children between one and three years old. It’s also increasing to £36 from £34 for children under one. Families already receiving the payment will automatically receive an increase.

Since its introduction by the Scottish Government in December 2018, £60.8 million has been paid to 179,575 families across Scotland. The MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Gordon MacDonald, is encouraging everyone eligible to apply via

Commenting, SNP MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Gordon MacDonald said, “I am delighted that the Scottish Government is delivering on another one of its commitments to increase the Best Start Foods payment, which is making a difference to the lives of families across my constituency of Edinburgh Pentlands, the entire city and right across Scotland.

“Whilst the government at Westminster prepare to cut support to families at a time when they need it most, the government in Edinburgh is increasing support to families and ensuring that every child has the best start in life.

“If you have not applied yet I would encourage you to do so immediately or if you have any family or friends who may be eligible to encourage them too.”


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