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  • Barry Adams

Sure Start Maternity Grant

Are you expecting your first child? Then you could get a one-off payment of £500 to help towards the costs of having a child. This is known as the Sure Start Maternity Grant.

You usually qualify for the grant if both of the following apply:

  • you’re expecting your first child, or you’re expecting a multiple birth (such as twins) and have children already

  • you or your partner already get certain benefits

You must claim the grant within 11 weeks of the baby’s due date or within 6 months after the baby’s birth.

You do not have to pay the grant back and it will not affect your other benefits or tax credits.


Usually, to qualify for a Sure Start Maternity Grant there must be no other children in your family. You or your partner must also get one of these benefits:

  • Income Support

  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit

  • Working Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element

  • Universal Credit

You may also qualify if you’re getting a Support for Mortgage Interest loan.

Click here for full details of this grant and how to claim it.

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