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ANGELA CONSTANCE MSP WELCOMES REFRESHED BABY BOX TO SUPPORT WEST LOTHIAN FAMILIES FACING RISING COSTS

ANGELA CONSTANCE MSP WELCOMES REFRESHED BABY BOX TO SUPPORT WEST LOTHIAN FAMILIES FACING RISING COSTS

Published date : 31 October, 2022

41,408 BABY BOXES ALREADY DELIVERED IN NHS LOTHIAN

 

Angela Constance MSP  has welcomed the news that Scotland’s Baby Box – 41,408 of which have already been delivered across NHS Lothian – is receiving a makeover for its fifth birthday.

 

The Scottish Government introduced the Baby Boxes scheme in 2017, entitling every newborn in Scotland to a box containing essential items intended to make sure that every child has the best possible start in life.

 

Based the latest figures for number of Baby Boxes given out by health boards, 235 622 boxes have been distributed to parents across Scotland since the start of the project.

 

Commenting MSP for Almond Valley, Angela Constance, said:

 

“I am delighted that Scotland’s much cherished Baby Box is being given a makeover in time for its fifth anniversary. Already, 41,408 baby boxes have been delivered across NHS Lothian by the Scottish Government in government since 2017.

 

“With updated clothing designs, the refreshed baby box also now includes a baby toothbrush to promote oral health from the very beginning of a baby’s life.

 

“The arrival of a new baby is a wonderful moment for every family in NHS Lothian but, as every new parent no doubt appreciates, the costs of welcoming a new addition to the family are significant - particularly when household budgets are under increasing pressure with the cost-of-living crisis.

 

“Regardless of the circumstances of new mums and dads, receiving a baby box as a celebration of their new arrivals - and the essential items needed for the first six months of their child’s life – really is a welcome gift.

 

“And the addition of a toothbrush in the baby box for the first time will hopefully encourage good dental health from the beginning and all the way through life.

 

“The baby box is one of many transformative actions the Scottish Government is taking to make a real difference to children and families on low incomes – like the game changing Scottish Child payment, which will soon be £25 per week per child.

 

 

ENDS

 

NOTES

 

The below table has been provided by the APS Group, with data up to the 30th of September 2022.

 

 

Health Board

Number of Baby Boxes

NHS Ayrshire and Arran

14315

NHS Borders

4201

NHS Dumfries and Galloway

5587

NHS Fife

15236

NHS Forth Valley

12452

NHS Grampian

26085

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

58044

NHS Highland

11728

NHS Lanarkshire

26898

NHS Lothian

41408

NHS Orkney

908

NHS Shetland

1104

NHS Tayside

16785

NHS Western Isles

871

Total

235622

 

 

   

 

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