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Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:25 pm 
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My boyfriend is working and is on a low income wage and I had to give up work for personal reasons a year ago. How will we cope??
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Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:10 pm 
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You can apply for working tax credits and child tax credits when baby comes. - http://taxcredits.hmrc.gov.uk/HomeNew.aspx
Do you rent? as you might be entitled to housing benefit/council tax benefit. Check your local council website for info/the form.
There's the sure start maternity grant - 500. You get this if you're on income support or if you have tax credits over a certain amount (i think 500 a yr). We weren't entitled till we'd had Imogen and our child tax credits had come through. You do have to apply before your child is 12wks old though. here's some info - http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAndBenefits/BenefitsTaxCreditsAndOtherSupport/Expectingorbringingupchildren/DG_10018854
You'll also get the health in pregnancy grant 190 which your midwife gives you a form for after 25wks pregnant.
You'll get 20 a week child benefit.

There's a few things that should help you out. It can be really hard but you will always find a way. Hope this helps xx
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