25 June, 2009




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couple expectingCongratulations, you are expecting a baby and may be wondering what support you are entitled to regarding Welfare Benefits. Whether you are working or claiming benefits already, you will be entitled to at least some additional support. Here's a flavour of what's available...

The first thing you need to do is speak with your GP, Midwife, or health authority and get an exemption form. This will provide you with free prescriptions and dental treatment for the duration of your pregnancy and 12 months after the baby is born.

Depending on your circumstances, you may also be entitled to Maternity Allowance or Statutory Maternity Pay. Additionally, according to your financial situation, you may be entitled to apply for a Sure Start Baby Grant, a one-off payment to assist in purchasing items for when the baby is born.


Phone Icon Phone: 020 7215 6207 - DTI parental leave helpline



dwp logoStatutory Maternity Pay (SMP)
Like Statutory Maternity Pay, SPP is designed provide financial assistance to fathers who need to take time off work due to their partner having a baby. If your partner is pregnant, you work for an employer and earn enough to be relevant for National Insurance (NI) purposes (this is a lower amount than the amount when you have to start paying NI contributions), you may be entitled to SPP. For full explanation of the regulations regarding SPP you are advised to contact your Unit Personnel Office or Ships Office onboard.

website Web site: Statutory Maternity Pay



Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP)
Like Statutory Maternity Pay, SPP is designed to provide financial assistance to fathers who need to take time off work due to their partner having a baby This is dependent on the father taking SPP in place of the mother having SMP. If your partner is pregnant, you work for an employer and earn enough to be relevant for National Insurance (NI) purposes (this is a lower amount than the amount when you have to start paying NI contributions), you may be entitled to SPP...

website Web site: Statutory Paternity Pay



Maternity Allowance
If you are expecting a baby and have recently left work, changed jobs or are self-employed, you may be entitled to support through the Maternity Allowance.

website Web site: Maternity Allowance



Sure Start Maternity Grant
If you need help with the cost of buying things for your new baby and you or your partner get a low-income benefit or tax credit, you may qualify for a Sure Start Maternity Grant. This is a one off payment to assist in buying all those essentials that new babies need.

website Web site: Sure Start Maternity Grant



JCP logoIncapacity Benefit
This is primarily for those who are unable to work due to sickness or illness. However Incapacity Benefit can be claimed if you fail to qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay or Maternity Allowance.

If you are expecting a baby and have not worked for some time, cannot get Statutory Maternity Pay or Maternity Allowance, but have paid or been treated as having paid NI contributions, you may be entitled to claim Incapacity Benefit during your pregnancy.


website Web site: Incapacity Benefit



Inland RevenueChild Trust Fund
The Child Trust Fund (CTF) is a Government scheme aimed at encouraging people to save. Each child born from 1 September 2002 will receive £250, which will go into a special savings account, called a Child Trust Fund. Families on low-incomes, who qualify for full Child Tax Credit, will receive £500.

The idea behind the CTF is that parents, family members and friends will be able to add to the money provided by the Government, but that the children will not be able to access the funds until they are 18 years old. They will then be able to use the money however they want to.


website Web site: Inland Revenue - Child Trust Funds

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Have you claimed everything?

If you get  arrow 1.2 Income based JSA Income Support Tax Credits(dependent on income level) Low Income(dependent on income level) All mothers
You may also claim  arrow 2.2
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Community Care Grants check check      
Crisis Loans check check check check  
Budgeting Loans check check      
Housing Benefit check check check check  
Council Tax Benefit check check check check  
Help with Mortgage check check      
Free Milk check check check    
Cheap Baby Milk     check    
Free Vitamins check check check    
Fares to Hospital check check check check  

For more information on what you can claim and how, visit the following sites...

Useful Contacts
MA logoMaternity Alliance
Recorded information line provides information on antenatal care and health and safety at work, maternity leave and pay, changes to the law and returning to work. Individual advisers are also available at specified times. The Maternity Alliance also produces a variety of helpful publications, some of which can be downloaded from their website.

website Web site: Maternity Alliance

Phone Icon Phone: 020 7490 7638 - Maternity Alliance 24-hour helpline

Third Floor West
2-6 Northburgh Street
London
EC1V 0AY




The Department for Work and Pensions
You will find more information about Statutory Maternity Pay, Maternity Allowance and Maternity Leave on this site.

website Web site: Dept of Work & Pensions- Benefits Advice



Inland Revenue Tax Credit Helpline
Information about the Working Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.

website Web site: Inland Revenue

Phone Icon Phone: 0845 300 3900 - Tax Credit Helpline



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