Best Start Grant Reference Group


The Best Start Grant Reference Group was set up in October 2016 to support Scottish Ministers to develop policy for the Best Start Grant (BSG), to be delivered from summer 2019.

The group:

  • helps inform the evidence base to support policy decisions
  • supports and assesses the development of options and processes for the BSG
  • represents the views and interests of people with 'lived experience' of the benefits system
  • helps facilitate co-production of certain aspects of the BSG with people who will be eligible or in receipt of the benefit
  • supports communication around the BSG
  • helps inform advice to Scottish Ministers

The group meets every three to four months.


  • Anne Baldock – One Parent Families Scotland
  • Clare Simpson – Children In Scotland
  • Eilidh Dickson – Engender
  • Evelyn Fraser – Scottish Women's Convention
  • Fiona McHardy – Poverty Alliance
  • Franscesca de Munnich – Save the Children
  • Jackie Gibson – Head of Service/ Lead Nurse, Children, Young People and Families Services, Dundee Health
  • Jackie Tolland – Parent Network Scotland
  • Jane Brumpton – Early Years Scotland
  • Kay McIntosh – South Lanarkshire
  • Kerry McKenzie – NHS Scotland
  • Louise Hill – Centre of Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS)
  • Mark Willis – Child Poverty Action Group
  • Robert McGregor – COSLA
  • Roseanna MacDonald – Scottish Women’s Aid
  • Roslyn Brag – Maternity Action
  • Tony Scally – Action for Children