Thursday, November 15, 2018
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SNP MSP Kate Forbes is encouraging all expectant mums in Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, whose babies are due on or after 15 August 2017, to register for a baby box at their next midwife appointment. 

These boxes contain various essential items for a child's first weeks and months.

The SNP is using new powers to create new Maternity and Early Years' Allowances, providing expectant mothers on low incomes with £600 for their first child, £300 for second and subsequent children, with low-income families receiving a further £250 grant when their child starts nursery, and again when they start school.

Kate Forbes MSP said: "The Scottish Government is proudly gifting a Baby Box to every child in Scotland to help tackle deprivation, improve health and support parents – just one part of our determination to ensure that every child has an equal start in life. 

"And with the new powers coming to Scotland, the SNP Government will also provide targeted support to help low income families via our Maternity and Early Years' Allowances.

"For Highland mums looking forward to welcoming a new born into the world on or after 15th August this summer, all they need to do to be gifted a Baby Box is apply through their midwife in advance, supplying their preferred delivery address. 

"The Baby Boxes are full of useful items such as books, clothes, blankets, a bath towel, a changing mat, a bib and a thermometer, while also providing a safe space for babies to sleep near their parents, to promote bonding and early attachment, and send a signal that every child, regardless their background, matters."

 

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