MSP Clare wants moth­ers to ap­ply for the new baby box

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen MSP Clare Haughey is en­cour­ag­ing all ex­pec­tant moth­ers in the con­stituency, whose ba­bies are due on or after Au­gust 15, to reg­is­ter for a baby box at their next mid­wife ap­point­ment.

The boxes con­tain var­i­ous items for a child’s first weeks and months. Th­ese in­clude books, clothes, blan­kets, a bath towel, a chang­ing mat, a bib and a ther­mome­ter.

The box can also be used as a place for a baby to sleep.

Ms Haughey said the move showed the SNP gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing chil­dren in Scot­land get the best pos­si­ble start.

She also said a new ma­ter­nity and early years al­lowance would see ex­pec­tant moth­ers on low in­comes re­ceive £600 for their first child and £300 for any sub­se­quent chil­dren.

A £250 grant would also be paid when the child starts nurs­ery and again when it starts school.

Ms Haughey 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 moth­ers in Ruther­glen, Cam­bus­lang, and Blan­tyre, look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing a new­born into the world on or after Au­gust 15 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.”

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