You could be eligible for a grant to buy baby things if you’re on a low income
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.
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.
Sure Start Maternity Grant
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
How to claim if you live in Northern Ireland
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.
This article is provided by the Money Advice Service.