Experience Panels - Best Start Maternity Grant Individual Feedback Sessions...

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For these session we are looking for people who:

  • have young children or are currently expecting a child
  • or have experience of Sure Start Maternity Grant.
  • If you are unsure whether this applies to you, please let us know and we can clarify.

If this applies to you, we are really keen to have your feedback on this to make sure the process works well.

These will be individual feedback session where you can try out the new application process for Best Start Grant maternity payments. Best Start Grant is a one-off payment to help families on a low income meet the costs of having a baby. It will replace the Sure Start Maternity Grant for people who live in Scotland.

There is more information on this research in the attached information sheet. You will not have to do any preparation ahead of taking part and there are no right or wrong answers. We will have a qualified childcare professional available to help at the session if you would like to use it.

There are three choices of dates this summer and you are invited to book a time at one of them:

19 July 2018, Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow, 301 Argyle Street, Glasgow G2 8DL

8 August 2018, Radisson Blu Hotel, 301 Argyle Street, Glasgow G2 8DL

22 August 2018, Norton Park, 57 Albion Rd, Edinburgh EH7 5QY

If these dates don’t suit you, please let us know and we speak to you about alternative arrangements.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The sessions will be held in accessible venues, and please let us know if you have any other needs when you book onto the event.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the information I give be confidential?

All personal details and information collected during the research will be handled with the strictest confidence and professionalism.

Researchers will use the conversation to find out more about your views on the Best Start Grant application process.

The information that you give will only be used for the purposes of this research and will not be passed onto any third parties.

I need additional support to attend, how will I be supported?

Once you click on 'register', you will be asked about any additional support needs that you have. We would be happy to talk through how we can support you to take part.

Can I claim expenses?

Yes, you can claim travel, subsistence and any additionally incurred receipted expenses (including childcare and a soft placy session). We would ask that you keep any receipts. Refreshments will be provided at all sessions.

More questions? Contact us.

If you would like further information please contact the Experience Panels team at the Scottish Government on:

Email - SocialSecurityExperience@gov.scot

Freephone - 0800 029 4974 (Freephone Monday – Friday 8:30am - 6pm.)


Textphone - Prefix 18001

SMS - 07467 447 375

Phoneline translation is available, if required. British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact us via www.contactscotland-bsl.org.

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