Benefits you can claim when pregnant

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You could be eligible for a grant to buy baby things if you’re on a low income

Money Advice Service

Having a baby can be expensive. But if you’re on a low income there are benefits available. You could be eligible for a grant to buy baby things, and vouchers to help you and your baby eat healthily.

Healthy Start

If you’re at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under the age of four, you can get vouchers every week for free milk, fresh fruit and vegetables, infant formula, and vitamins. You usually qualify if you’re on benefits, or if you’re pregnant and under 18.

For more information and to check if you qualify, go to the Healthy Start website

Sure Start Maternity Grant

Top tip

Many people use the Sure Start Maternity Grant towards expensive one-off items, such as a cot, buggy or sterilising equipment.

 

 

If you’re on a low income and getting certain benefits or tax credits, you could get a one-off payment of £500 to help with the cost of your first baby. It’s tax free and you don’t have to pay it back.

“I’m a single mum and get Income Support, and even though I’m really careful with money, I knew it was going to be a real struggle. Can you believe the cost of baby clothes? And he grew out of them so quickly.

The £500 from Sure Start was a godsend.” – Sarah

How to claim if you live in England, Wales or Scotland

You can download a claim pack and get more information from the Gov.uk website

How to claim if you live in Northern Ireland

You can download a claim pack from the niDirect website (PDF)

Don’t forget to ask your midwife, health visitor, doctor or nurse to sign the form.

Make sure you’re getting everything you’re entitled to

Although most benefits are only available if you’re on a low income, it’s worth checking. You might get a nice surprise.

Benefits and entitlements to claim when you have a baby

Use the Benefits adviser tool on the Gov.uk website to find out what benefits and tax credits you may be entitled to

Search for benefits and grants on the Turn2us website

This article is provided by the Money Advice Service.


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