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Sure Start Maternity Grant 2019

This section is a help guide for claiming the Sure Start Maternity Grant. Find out if you qualify, how to apply for a DWP maternity grant, and how long it takes to process a claim using form SF100.

MATERNITY GRANT 2019: Are you on a low income and getting the right pregnancy benefits? If so, you may qualify to get the one-off payment Sure Start Maternity Grant.

The tax-free boost of £500 is for claimants who need help with the costs of a new baby after giving birth.

The money helps to pay for maternity and infant products and you do not have to repay the allowance.

Claiming Sure Start Maternity Grant 2019 does not affect other benefits entitlement. As a rule, your Tax Credits remain unchanged too.

The earliest that you can claim the pregnancy grant 2019 is within eleven (11) weeks of the due birth date. The last date for claiming SSMG is now six (6) months after the birth of the newborn.

Generally, you qualify for the new baby grant if both of these circumstances apply:

  1. You are expecting your first child (or a multiple birth and you already have children).
  2. You or your partner are already getting certain qualifying benefits (check below).

Sure Start Maternity Grant How Much will I Get?

Sure Start Maternity Grant How Much and How Long Does it Take?The tax-free one-off Sure Start Maternity Grant payment for 2019 is £500. If you meet the eligibility criteria you will not need to pay back the money. But, you may not qualify if you already have children.

As a general rule, you might still qualify even if you already have children under the age of 16 if (either):

What Happens if You Already Have Children?

Have Children Under 16? Maternity Grant for Twins Maternity Grant for Triplets
1 or more (none are from multiple births) £500 £1,000
If you already have twins £0 £500
If you already have triplets £0 £0

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Note: Remember to claim before the deadline date. Like most benefit entitlements, payments go straight into your bank or building society account.

Sure Start Maternity Grant Eligibility Criteria

What is the Sure Start 500 Maternity Grant eligibility criteria? As a rule, you qualify if there are no other children in your family and you or your partner gets one of these benefits:

Note: The decision time on a claim will not happen until after the next payment if you receive Universal Credit. Getting a Support for Mortgage Interest loan means you could still meet the eligibility criteria.

Not Giving Birth: Adoption and Surrogate Parenting

In some cases, you may get a DWP baby grant if you are adopting a baby or becoming a surrogate parent. To qualify, the baby must be less than 1 year old on your claim date.

You must be already getting a qualifying benefit as well as one of the following to apply for pregnancy grant 2019:

How to Claim and Apply for Sure Start Maternity Grant

Once you are ready to make a claim you should print off and fill in Sure Start Maternity Grant claim form SF100.

Sure Start Maternity Grant Deadline

When can I apply for Maternity Grant? First baby grant claims can start 11 weeks before the week that your baby is due. The Sure Start Maternity Grant deadline is six (6) months after the birth of your baby.

The same time limits apply even if you are becoming responsible for a child. Examples include circumstances like the adoption process or when a child gets placed with you.

Sending Your Claim Form to Freepost DWP SSMG

This is the Sure Start Maternity Grant address to send the form. Fill in the Sure Start Maternity Grant form SF100 and then either:

  1. Take it to your local Jobcentre Plus Office.
  2. Mail it to 'Freepost DWP SSMG' address (nothing else needs writing on the envelope).

If You Need Help with a Claim for SSMG

Sure Start Maternity Grant Helpline Contact Number
Telephone: 0800 169 0140
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Note: A health professional, often a doctor or midwife, must sign your SF100 claim form. Following that, you will get a confirmation letter if your claim for Sure Start Maternity Grant is successful. A different form and mailing address exists for claimants living in Northern Ireland.

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If you disagree with a decision you can make an appeal to the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal. But, you will need to ask for 'mandatory reconsideration' before you can appeal a decision.


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How Long Does the Sure Start Maternity Grant Take?

We understand the urgency to get your £500 baby grant. You may be wondering about the Sure Start Maternity Grant decision time and asking how long does it take to process in 2019.

We have seen examples where mothers received the payment within 7 working days. Generally you should allow at least 10 working days before you see the money go in the bank.

The first response you get from DWP Maternity Grant is likely to be a text message. When you do hear back from them the message you get could be something like:

"We have received your claim for a Sure Start Maternity Grant 2019. You will get a letter with a decision within 10 working days. You do not need to contact us. If we need anything further we will contact you".

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