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Best Start Grant Regulations - Our Response to Scottish Government Consultation

Stepping Stones for Families welcomed the opportunity to contribute our views and perspectives to the Scottish Government’s recent consultation on the draft regulations for Early Years Assistance, Best Start Grant.

The introduction of the new Best Start Grant is a positive step forward for Scotland. We believe the increase in value of the grant and the phasing of one-off awards at key transition stages in a child’s life will support babies and very young children to access basic necessities, which some parents/carers may struggle financially to obtain.

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Our response also seeks clarity within the regulations from the government in relation to the potential exclusion of some very young children and babies from a Best Start Grant award.

We are committed to ensuring that all children have the very best start in life, and for many of the families we work alongside, life can be exceptionally challenging.

We believe that all children should have an enjoyable life, in a healthy and safe environment where they are respected and supported to achieve their aspirations.

As an organisation we promote a children’s rights based approach in all that we do; not just within our services but also externally with our partners, funders and communities. We would encourage those reviewing this response to regard our views from this perspective.

You can access our response to the Scottish Government here

You can access the Scottish Government consultation document in full here