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Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods: Expenditure: a data cube slice

Expenditure for Best Start Grant (BSG) Pregnancy and Baby Payment, Early Learning Payment and School Age Payment

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Dimension
Value
Measure Type
  1. Count
Payment Type
  1. All
  2. Best Start Foods
  3. Early Learning
  4. Pregnancy and Baby
  5. School Age Payment
Reference Period
  1. 2018-12
  2. 2019-01
  3. 2019-02
  4. 2019-03
  5. 2019-04
  6. 2019-05
  7. 2019-06
  8. 2019-07
  9. 2019-08
  10. 2019-09
Reference Area
(showing types of area available in these data)
  1. Countries
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Issued
21/08/2019
Modified
13/12/2019
Next update due
March 2020
Description

The Best Start Grant includes three types of payment: Pregnancy and Baby Payment (applications taken from 10 December 2018), Early Learning Payment (applications taken from 29 April 2019) and School Age Payment (applications taken from 3 June 2019).

This dataset includes Payments for Best Start Grant (BSG) Pregnancy and Baby Payment, Early Learning Payment and School Age Payment. Statistics are provided for the last day of the month (e.g. figures for 2019-02 are for payments made, as of 28 February 2019).

Further information on application, processing times, redeterminations and appeals can be found in the associated publication.

Information on applications received and authorised (awards) can be found in the Best Start Grant: Applications dataset.

Details
Confidentiality Policy

Figures have been rounded to the nearest five for disclosure control. Some values are missing from this dataset. These values have been suppressed where they would disclose fewer than five payments.

Quality Management

The data used to produce these statistics are extracted from the Social Security case management system. Extracts from this system are also used on a daily basis for internal reporting within Social Security Scotland. As such, the data is checked daily for consistency with previous extracts (i.e. do applications, decisions and payments figures increase as expected over time, and are they in proportion to each other) and compared to other sources of information such as the number of payment instructions reported by the finance team.

Quality assurance and cleaning has been carried out on the variables used in the official statistics:

• Check for duplicate and missing application references

• Checking application dates, processing times and payment times are within the expected ranges

• Checking payment date is present where where a payment value is present

• Checking applicant and child dates of birth are within the expected ranges

• Checking postcodes that do not match to local authorities

• Checking payment values match to expected number of children

Once the data is aggregated and copied into the publication and supporting Excel tables, the final statistics are quality assured by a different member of the statistics team.

Accuracy and Reliability

1) Rounding and disclosure control

Application and outcome figures have been rounded to the nearest five for disclosure control. Data has been suppressed where it would disclose fewer than five payments.

2) Delay between application authorised and payment

In this publication, the date that applications were processed by client advisors is the date used to produce statistics of processed applications by month. After applications are authorised for payment by client advisors, the decision is approved by a manager, and then a payment is issued. In some cases, payments will be issued on the same day that payments are authorised by client advisors, however in other cases there can be a delay before payments are issued. Clients should receive money in their nominated account within four working days after payment is issued. In the previous publication we reported on the value of payments that had successfully reached clients by the end of the month. We are now reporting on the value of payments that had been issued by the end of each month. This should provide a more accurate estimate because it is not based on the assumption that payments reach clients four days after a decision is made.

3) Applications by payment type

There is one application form covering all types of Best Start Grant payment. Clients do not need to select which type of payment they wish to apply for. Therefore statistics on number of applications by Best Start Grant payment type have been derived from the type of information and ages of children included in applications for Best Start Grant. More details of how payment type was derived are provided in the official statistics publication.

4) Geography

Applications are assigned to local authority and health board by postcode using a Scottish Government lookup file. For some applications, the postcode will not match to the lookup file. This can be because the postcode is not in a Scottish local authority, or because the postcode has been introduced too recently to appear on the lookup file, for example if a property is in a new development. For postcodes that could not be matched to a Scottish local authority or health board, the postcode area was used to check whether the postcode was in Scotland or elsewhere. Non-matching postcodes from Scottish border postcode areas (postcodes starting ‘DG’ and ‘TD’) were also checked individually and assigned to Scottish local authorities or health boards or as ‘non-Scottish postcodes’ manually.

Following these checks on postcodes, in this publication a small proportion of applications (235, less than 1%) were made by people with Scottish postcodes that could not be matched to a local authority or health board. A similar proportion (105, less than 1%) did not include address information and therefore could not be matched to a local authority, health board or country.

Figures for the applications that did not match to Scottish local authorities and health boards are provided in the official statistics publication tables.

Coherence and Comparability

DWP publish information about Sure Start Maternity Grant in the Social Fund annual report 2017 to 2018 at Great Britain level.

DWP also publishes annual expenditure for Sure Start Maternity Grants at Great Britain level in their Benefit expenditure and caseload tables.

Information about Sure Start Maternity Grants in Scotland in 2017/18 was also published as part of correspondence between DWP and Scottish Fiscal Commission.

Key differences between any figures for Sure Start Maternity Grant and BSG Pregnancy and Baby Payment are:

• Applicants can only apply for Sure Start Maternity Grant for their first child. No payments are made for subsequent children (with some exceptions for multiple births) whereas BSG Pregnancy and Baby Payments is applicable for first children and subsequent children.

• Sure Start Maternity Grant payments are £500 for the first child, whereas BSG Pregnancy and Baby Payments are £600 for the first child, £300 for subsequent children and £300 for multiple births.

• The Sure Start Maternity Grant application window is from 11 weeks before due date to 6 months after birth, whereas BSG Pregnancy and Baby is from 24th week of pregnancy to 6 months after birth.

Accessibility and Clarity

Further information on application, processing times, redeterminations and appeals can be found in the associated publication.

Relevance

The Scotland Act 2016 gives Scottish Parliament powers over a number of social security benefits which had been administered to Scottish claimants by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Social Security Scotland are the executive agency of Scottish Government responsible for delivering social security benefits for Scotland under the Social Security Scotland Act 2018.

Further details about all Best Start Grant payments.

Timeliness and Punctuality

These statistics are updated every 3 months. These updates coincide with our quarterly publications on Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods payments.

Data are collected, validated and published in as timely manner as possible in accordance with the Statistics Code of Practice.

Revisions

Revisions and corrections to previously published statistics are dealt with in accordance with the Scottish Government Statistician Group corporate policy statement on revisions and corrections - a copy of which is available on the Scottish Government website.

• Applicants can only apply for Sure Start Maternity Grant for their first child. No payments are made for subsequent children (with some exceptions for multiple births) whereas BSG Pregnancy and Baby Payments is applicable for first children and subsequent children.

• Sure Start Maternity Grant payments are £500 for the first child, whereas BSG Pregnancy and Baby Payments are £600 for the first child, £300 for subsequent children and £300 for multiple births.

• The Sure Start Maternity Grant application window is from 11 weeks before due date to 6 months after birth, whereas BSG Pregnancy and Baby is from 24th week of pregnancy to 6 months after birth.

• Additionally, in 2018/19 it is possible that some applicants delayed applying for Sure Start Maternity Grant because they were aware that they could wait for the launch of Pregnancy and Baby Payments on 10 December. This would affect numbers of people applying for both Sure Start Maternity Grant and Pregnancy and Baby Payments in Scotland.

DWP does not have an equivalent of Early Learning Payment and School Age Payment.

URI

This slice of multidimensional data is not a Linked Data resource in the database: it's a virtual resource (i.e. you can't query it by SPARQL). But does have a permanent unique URL which can be bookmarked.

http://statistics.gov.scot/slice?dataset=http%3A%2F%2Fstatistics.gov.scot%2Fdata%2Fbest-start-grant-expenditure&http%3A%2F%2Fpurl.org%2Flinked-data%2Fsdmx%2F2009%2Fdimension%23refPeriod=http%3A%2F%2Freference.data.gov.uk%2Fid%2Fmonth%2F2019-06
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Dimension Locked Value
Reference Period
http://purl.org/linked-data/sdmx/2009/dimension#refPeriod
2019-06
http://reference.data.gov.uk/id/month/2019-06
Payment Type
http://statistics.gov.scot/def/dimension/paymentType
(not locked to a value)
Reference Area
http://purl.org/linked-data/sdmx/2009/dimension#refArea
(not locked to a value)
Measure Type
http://purl.org/linked-data/cube#measureType
(not locked to a value)