Helping families give children the best start


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Argyll and Bute’s MSP is urging eligible families to apply for funding to help give their children the best start in life.

Jenni Minto MSP is encouraging people to apply for Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods payment which help with the costs of being pregnant and looking after children.

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

Since its introduction in December 2018, £60.8 million has been paid to 179,575 families across Scotland.

‘I am delighted the SNP 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 in Argyll and Bute and across Scotland,’ said Ms Minto.

‘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.’

To apply, visit