£500 free for your baby, and you dont have to pay back!

Discussion in 'Pregnancy - Third Trimester' started by lilshortass, Mar 3, 2007.

  1. lilshortass

    lilshortass Active Member

    Mar 2, 2007
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    Sure Start Maternity Grant

    What is it for?

    £500 to help with the costs of having a new baby.

    Do I need to be on benefits?

    You can get Sure Start Maternity Grant if you or your partner get:

    Income Support
    Income based Jobseeker's Allowance
    Pension Credit
    Child Tax Credit which includes an amount higher than the family element - you receive more than £545 a year (or £1,090, if you have a child under one) (2005/06 figures), or
    Working Tax Credit where a disability or severe disability element is included in the award

    Do I have to pay it back?


    I wasn't sure if anyone knew about this, as apparently not many people do, so i thought i'd let you know! You can get an application form from you local job center (i think?)
  2. Tam

    Tam Mum of 2 - PG with No.3

    Sep 1, 2006
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    Thanks for sharing hun, but I believe you should be informed about it when you are PG....although the government are not the best at doing this, so hopefully YOU might help someone! x
  3. Amanda

    Amanda Mum of 3

    Dec 21, 2006
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    As an afterthought on this, it's definitely worth applying after LO is born, even if you don't think you are entitled. If I had applied before Charlie was born, they would have said No, but I applied just before he was 3 months old (you get until baby is 3 months), and they said Yes ! It was because having him had meant we got slightly more Tax Credits and it pushed us just above the family element!! :happydance:

    It costs nothing to apply, so go for it! You can download an application form from https://www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk/JCP/Customers/WorkingAgeBenefits/Dev_013950.xml.html
  4. Caroline

    Caroline Proud Mum of 4

    Sep 22, 2006
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    Think we might just get this. Have just checked award notice and we get 547.50 . Will ring jobcentre on Tuesday for form. Knowiny my luck there will be some clause that makes us uneligible.

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