Friday, 28 December 2018 07:58

OVER 68,000 NEWBORNS HAVE ALREADY BENEFITED FROM ‘TRANSFORMATIVE’ BABY BOX POLICY

Latest figures have revealed that 68,513 newborns in Scotland the transformative Baby Box policy have received a Baby Box since they were introduced in 2017.

The Baby Box is a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to making Scotland the very best place in the world to grow up – and contains important items for parents and babies alike, such as baby clothes, a digital ear thermometer, a bath towel, a changing mat and books.

The box itself also doubles as a bed for a newborn, containing a mattress, mattress protector and fitted sheet – providing a safe and warm place for babies to sleep.

On top of the Baby Box, the SNP Government have also launched the Best Start Grant to support low income families with financial help during the early years of a child’s life. The new benefit offers eligible parents or carers £600 for their first child, £100 more than the DWP Sure Start Maternity Grant it replaces. It also provides £300 for all subsequent children – meaning there is no cap on the number of children supported, unlike the current UK Government equivalent.

Commenting, SNP MSP Linda Fabiani said:

“It is wonderful to see so many families across Scotland benefitting from the Baby Box.

“The Boxes are a really positive Scottish Government initiative providing parents with many of the essentials they need to care for their child.

“From thermometers to towels, changing mats to clothes – the boxes are a fantastic way of giving children the very best start in life.

“Well over 68,000 boxes have already been provided to parents across Scotland, showing how popular they are proving with families in every corner of the country – and given how beneficial they are to parents and newborns, long may that continue.

“I am also delighted that families will now also be eligible to receive the Best Start Grant to ensure under-fives get the best possible start in life – with the first payments being made in time for Christmas.”



Health Board 19/6/17-07/12/18        Boxes Delivered

NHS Ayrshire and Arran          4091
NHS Borders   1291
NHS Dumfries and Galloway 1621
NHS Fife          4411
NHS Forth Valley        3557
NHS Grampian 7826
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde        17103
NHS Highland 3350
NHS Lanarkshire         7596
NHS Lothian    12010
NHS Orkney    254
NHS Shetland 276
NHS Tayside    4872
NHS Western Isles      255
Total   68513

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