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If you're a mum-to-be you could get a one-off, tax-free payment called the Health in Pregnancy Grant. The money is to help you with your wider costs in the run up to your baby’s birth. You'll need to have reached the 25th week of your pregnancy before 1 January 2011 to qualify.
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You can get the Grant if all of the following apply:
You can't get the grant if you reached the 25th week of your pregnancy on or after 1 January 2011.
If you're a new arrival to the UK, the residency rules are the same as for a Child Benefit claim.
If you're posted abroad as a Crown Servant (this means UK civil servants or members of HM Armed Forces), or you're abroad with your Crown Servant partner or parent, you can still get the grant. You can find out more by following the link below.
You can get a one-off payment of £190 for each pregnancy. Only one grant of £190 is payable even if you're expecting more than one baby, for example, twins.
The payment will be on top of any other benefits or tax credits you may get. Everyone gets the same amount - you will not be asked about your income.
You can only get a claim form from your midwife or your doctor, if that is who you see for your ante-natal appointments. They will:
Once your midwife or doctor has completed their parts of the claim form, you fill in the rest and send it in the envelope provided to:HM Revenue & Customs Health in Pregnancy Grant
If your midwife or doctor doesn't have any claim forms, please call the Health in Pregnancy Grant Helpline and let them know. The helpline will arrange to send a form directly to your midwife or doctor, who will then give it to you to make your claim.
If you lose your claim form, get another one from your midwife or doctor as quickly as possible.
You can also get the claim form in large print by calling the Health in Pregnancy Grant Helpline. They will arrange to send the form to your midwife or doctor so that you can make your claim.
It's important to remember to send in your claim form on time
You should get your completed claim form to the Health in Pregnancy Grant Office:
If your claim is late you may lose out on your payment. You should still send your form in even if you cannot complete it all, for example, if you don't have a National Insurance number or you have not got a bank account.
The grant will be paid directly into your bank or building society account. The account will need to be either:
If you don't have a bank or building society account, any bank or building society will help you open one. If you have problems opening up a bank account, contact the Health in Pregnancy Grant Helpline to talk about your options for payment.
You can email a general enquiry by following the link below, or you can contact the Health in Pregnancy Grant Helpline.