A Renfrewshire MSP is encouraging residents to apply for the Best Start Foods payment.

The payment, that help towards the costs of being pregnant or looking after a child, is increasing to £18 from £17 during pregnancy and for any children between one and three years old. It’s also increasing to £36 from £34 for children under one. Families already receiving the payment will automatically receive an increase.

Those who are accepted onto the scheme will receive their Best Start Foods payment on a prepaid card that can be used to buy healthy foods for children under 3. You can use the card in shops and online.

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

Tom Arthur, MSP for Renfrewshire South, said: “I am delighted that 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 Renfrewshire South and across Scotland.

“Whilst the Tories at Westminster prepare to cut support to families at a time when they need it most, the SNP is increasing support to families and ensuring that every child has the best start in life.

“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.”

You can apply by clicking on the following link: https://www.mygov.scot/best-start-grant-best-start-foods.