The Welfare Foods (Best Start Foods) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2023: equality impact assessment

This equality impact assessment (EQIA) considers potential effects of changes to Best Start Foods and how these impact on people with one or more protected characteristics.

Equality Impact Assessment – Results

The Welfare Foods (Best Start Foods) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2023

Summary of Aims and Desired Outcomes of Policy

Best Start Foods supports low income families with a pregnant person and/or a child or children under the age of three. The payments are delivered via a pre-paid card.

These regulations will introduce a number of changes which are intended to:

  • Support more low income families to access healthy food and milk;
  • Further align eligibility and procedural rules for Best Start Foods with Best Start Grant and Scottish Child Payment; and
  • make other technical changes to how we make payments.

Social Security Directorate

Social Security Policy Division

Five Family Payments, Funeral Support and Challenge Rights Unit



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