Maternity Claims and benefits? what am i entiteled 2?

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abis
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Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 3:33 pm 
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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?
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Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 3:38 pm 
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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.

www.adviceguide.org.uk
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Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 3:49 pm 
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Thanks very much - i will have a look around the site
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Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 7:58 pm 
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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?
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