No MA/SMP for second child?

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  1. Dana2011

    Dana2011 New Member

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    Hi ladies,

    I went to jobcenter this afternoon to enquire about MA/SMP. and was told that a new policy has been introduced: MA/SMP is only available for your first baby. I was really surprised about what the staff told me. Is it true? I searched online but could not find any clue about it.
    Is it a joke?! :cry: Does anybody knew about it? Please let me know, thanks a lot.
     
  2. _Vicky_

    _Vicky_ Mum to twins

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    NOOOO surely not - I know that the surestart grant of £500 for lower income families is now only available for the first child but surely not MA/SMP that just would be ridiculous!!!! *am googling my head off and can see no reference to it*
     
  3. Tasha

    Tasha 4kids+2angels+16mc
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    No that isnt right, they must of thought you meant the sure start maternity grant :flower:
     
  4. Dana2011

    Dana2011 New Member

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    I just googled, and found a link from a forum, showing the same question.
    it seems true!
    just search 'no maternity grant for 2nd child'
     
  5. xxembobxx

    xxembobxx Well-Known Member

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    statutory maternity pay (SMP) and Maternity Allowance (MA) are different from the SureStart Maternity Grant.
    I've not heard or read anywhere that SMP or MA is no longer available - and I've been checking my entitlement as I'm 3 months pregnant.
     
  6. xxembobxx

    xxembobxx Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't be surprised if the JobCentre has got the information wrong though - I've seen all sorts of stories on here of people being given incorrect info when they went there for advice.
     

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