FAMILIES on low incomes will be able to apply for financial support to help with the costs of preparing for school from June 3, the Scottish Government has announced.

The School Age Payment will enable eligible families to receive £250 to help with costs associated with the transition to school - such as for educational toys and after school activities.

It will be the latest payment introduced under the Best Start grants programme, which replaces the UK Government’s Sure Start Maternity Grant.

The benefit follows the rollout of the Pregnancy and Baby Payment in December, which aims to help cover some of the costs of having children.

Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “We are committed to doing all we can to make sure Scotland is the best place for a child to grow up.”