Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 3:33 pm
Post subject: Maternity Claims and benefits? what am i entiteled 2?
Hi, i have never claimed before and this is my first child, does anyone no where i start and what benefits i can be claiming. i also hear the is a grant of £500 but you can not claim this unless you are claiming, does this mean i can claim after the baby is born as i will be on some kind of benefit?
Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 3:38 pm
it really depends on if your partner is working whether you can claim most benefits.
i know with the sure start maternity grant(£500) you can claim from 29weeks up until 3months after the baby is born but must be getting income support, jobseeker's allowance or a different benefit(can't remember which!) at the time you claim for the grant.
this is the website i generally use and it is very useful and informative.
Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 7:58 pm
it depends on ur circumstances.
u can claim the sure start maternity grant now if u r on income support or jobseekers or something liek that but if not u need to wait until baby is here and make a claim for tax credits and child benefit and make a calim for the £500 grant by ticking the box stating u r awaiting a decision on ur tax credits as u only have a certain amount of time befor ebbay is born.
how far laong r u with ur pregnancy?