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Old May 12th, 2009, 06:17 AM   1
shoe_shopper
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grants. benefits. allowances for teen mums.


im 15 years old and just under 7 weeks pregnant. i have no money to buy all the essential things for a baby. e.g pushchair, cot ect. what grants and weekly allowances will i receive to help provide for my baby? is there any cheap housing for some1 my age when the baby is born. x



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Old May 12th, 2009, 06:21 AM   2
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At 15 I would advise not moving out of your parents house. It is very difficult and expensive living on your own and having to pay bills, food shop etc. Also I doubt anywhere would take on someone as young as you whether it be council housing or private renting. At your age you are entitled to a 500 surestart grant and the new 190 maternity grant. You will also get 20 a week child benefit like everyone else. Until you are 16 I don't think you can get any income support and I'm not sure if you have to be over 16 to get child tax credits



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Old May 12th, 2009, 06:21 AM   3
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Hi,

Just wanted to direct you to the http://www.babyandbump.com/home-life...ships-finance/ section as this has the best advice for this. I think if you go to www.direct.gov.uk there is a lot on there too.

As far as I am aware if you are unemployed then you are entitled to quite a lot like maternity allowances and sure start grants to pay for essentials. Also, here is the HIP grant which everyone gets at 25 weeks which is 190.

You should be fine. There is always help. If you are stuck call your local CAB - http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/index/getadvice.htm

Hope this helps. xx



 
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Old May 12th, 2009, 06:24 AM   4
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how do i look into gettin the money to buy the essentials?
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Old May 12th, 2009, 06:40 AM   5
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That's what the 500 and 190 grant is used for



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Old May 12th, 2009, 07:19 AM   6
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As bexy_22 says, that's what the 500 and 190 are given to you for. I would recommend you speak to the CAB to get the relevant forms etc or go through the websites.

I hope you get it sorted.



 
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Old May 12th, 2009, 07:21 AM   7
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I'm not sure you'll get the grant, being under 16 and still in full time education - but the 190 you'll definatley get.

Alot of my baby stuff is from freecycle - so google that as well

From week 10 - you can also sign up for free milk tokens.



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Old May 12th, 2009, 12:34 PM   8
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i was 15 and pregnant, for the 500 grant my mum got it in her name for me, and she got my income support in my name as i was only 15, the money still went to me, then once you turn 16 it all goes in to your name.

dont worry about money and that hun when i fell pregnant i had no money no job no nothing but all the grants helped me get alot of her stuff xx



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Old May 13th, 2009, 09:55 AM   9
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I think if your under 16 your money goes to your parents.
But dont quote me on that one lol

Theres a site to go on as well that tells you what help you can get money-wise, but miss forgetful here cant remember it, so if anyone else can; it might be useul



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Old May 13th, 2009, 18:12 PM   10
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Hey, im 16 now, but so far im only entitled to the 190, they are very difficult when i comes to giving out money.

they seem to think i wont be able to recieve anything for her until im 18! she is due in 4 days time, and they still cant tell me what im allowed for her, i have to wait til she is born and try and claim for everything before they tell me whether or not im allowed it!

they are not too helpful at all, my mum has been on the phone to many people that have not been any help at all. im still in the dark as to what im going to get for her though.

x x x x sorry im not much help, just thought i would post as iv been having loads of difficulty with this throughout my pregnancy x x



 
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