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Early Years Assistance, Consultation on the Best Start Grant Regulations

Early Years Assistance, Consultation on the Best Start Grant Regulations

Monday, March 26, 2018

ISBN: 9781788516990

The policy objectives of the BSG cash payments are to improve children’s wellbeing and life chances, providing support to lower income families at key transition points in early years. BSG will help mitigate the effects of child poverty and material deprivation. The Best Start Regulation Consultation seeks to ensure the draft regulations meet these objectives.

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The Scotland Act 2016 devolved new social security powers to Scotland. One of the powers which has been devolved allows for an equivalent of the Sure Start Maternity Grant (SSMG) to be provided. Scottish Ministers are using this power to create a form of assistance referred to as Early Years Assistance in the Social Security (Scotland) Bill. This will be delivered in the form of a new benefit called the Best Start Grant (BSG).

 

This consultation asks questions on whether the draft BSG regulations will have the desired effect and on some specific points, for example on establishing responsibilty for the child, on which we would like to gather wider views to ensure we have identified the best solution.