North-east MSPs have welcomed a new grant for low income families.
The Best Start Grant will provide up to £600 for struggling families expecting their first child.
The initiative builds on the work of the UK Government’s Sure Start Maternity grant, and also offers £300 for a family’s second child.
In a joint statement, Stewart Stevenson, MSP for Banffshire and Buchan Coast, and Gillian Martin, MSP for Aberdeenshire East, said: “We are delighted families in the north-east will be eligible for their first payments of the Best Start Grant in time for Christmas.
“These new payments will ensure that our under 5s get the best possible start in life.”