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Best Start Grants Scotland - Can I get a School Age Payment?

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Can I get a School Age Payment?

Applies to: Scotland

You can get a School Age Payment if:

  • You live in Scotland; and
  • You are receiving any of these benefits
    • Universal Credit; or

    • Child Tax Credit; or

    • Working Tax Credit; or

    • Income Support; or

    • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA); or

    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA); or

    • Housing Benefit

If you are under 20 and still in relevant education, and someone is getting Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit or the Child Element of Universal Credit for you, you might be able to get a School Age Payment even if you aren’t receiving any benefits.

If you are under 18 you can get a School Age Payment even if you aren't getting any benefits.

You also have to be: 

  • Responsible (or the partner of someone who is responsible) for a child who is due to start school this year. 
    • You should apply for the School Age Payment in the year your child is supposed to start school even if you decide to defer them starting school or home school them.
    • If your child is born between 1 March 2016 and 28 Feb 2017, you should apply between 1 June 2021 and 28 Feb 2022.
    • If your child is born between 1 March 2017 and 28 Feb 2018, you should apply between 1 June 2022 and 28 Feb 2023.
    • You can find out more about when you can apply for a school age payment on the website.

Claims are open between June and February each year.

In most cases, you cannot get a School Age Payment if someone else has already had one for the same child. There are exceptions to this if the child does not usually live with the person who received the payment for him/her. If this is the case for you, you should speak to an adviser.

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