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Sure Start Maternity Grant 2018

Find out if you are eligible, how to apply for Maternity Grant, and how long it takes to claim using the SF100 form.

MATERNITY GRANT 2018: 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 those who need most help with the costs of a new baby.

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

Claiming Sure Start Maternity Grant 2018 does not affect other benefits entitlement. As a rule, your Tax Credits remain unchanged too.

But, you must claim the pregnancy grant 2018 within 11 weeks of the due birth date. In some cases you can also claim up to 3 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.

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 2018 is £500.

If you are eligible you do not need to pay it back afterwards.

But, if you already have children you may not qualify for a Sure Start Maternity Grant.

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

Generally, you do not qualify if you already have children under the age of 16. The exception is if you are expecting a multiple birth, such as twins or triplets.

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:

Adoption and Surrogate Parents

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 2018:

How to Claim and Apply for Sure Start Maternity Grant

When you are ready to claim you should print off and fill in the Sure Start Maternity Grant claim form SF100. A different form and mailing address exists for those living in Northern Ireland.

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 3 months after the birth of your baby.

The same time limits applies if you are becoming responsible for a child. Examples includes adoption 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' (nothing else needs writing on the envelope).
Sure Start Maternity Grant Helpline Contact Number
Telephone: 0345 603 6967
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Note: A health professional, often a doctor or midwife, must sign your SF100 claim form. You will get a confirmation letter if your claim for Sure Start Maternity Grant is successful.

Appealing a Decision on New Baby Grant UK

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

How Long Does the Sure Start Maternity Grant Take?

We understand the urgency to get your DWP baby grant. You may be wondering about the Sure Start Maternity Grant how long does it take 2018.

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 in the bank.

The first response you get from DWP Maternity Grant is likely to be a text message. It could be something like:

"We have received your claim for a Sure Start Maternity Grant 2018. 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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