Sure Start Maternity Grant
The Sure Start Maternity Grant is a one-off payment of £500 for each baby that does not have to be repaid. If you need help with the cost of buying essential items for a new baby, this grant could help you. To be eligible for the grant for each qualifying baby, you or your partner must be in receipt of either Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or extra Child Tax Credit at a rate higher than the basic family element, extra Working Tax Credit relating to a disability or Pension Credit.
You can claim the grant from 11 weeks before your baby is due and up to 3 months after the birth. For a claim pack contact your local Jobcentre Plus or download a copy from the internet at https://www.gov.uk/sure-start-maternity-grant
Please note: you must get your local GP, health visitor or midwife to confirm on your claim form that you received advice about health needs and general welfare of the baby and, if you claim before the baby is born, on maternal health.