The Sure Start Maternity Grant (SSMG) is a one-off payment of £500 paid to expectant mothers. It provides financial help towards the costs associated with having a child.
In most cases, you qualify for the £500 maternity grant if both of these apply to your circumstances:
You are pregnant and expecting your first child (or you already have children and this will be a multiple birth (e.g. twins, triplets)).
Either you or your partner are already getting one of the qualifying benefits (further details below).
There is a time limit for claiming the Sure Start Maternity Grant. So, you should make your claim within eleven (11) weeks of when the baby will be born (i.e. the due date) or no later than six (6) months after the birth.
Similar to most grants and pregnancy funding for people on a low income, there is no need to repay the money. Likewise, SSMG will not affect your tax credits or other benefits you may already be receiving.
Note: The Sure Start Maternity Grant guide is also available in Welsh language (Cymraeg) on the GOV.UK website. The Best Start Grant is an alternative for people who live in Scotland.
Sure Start Maternity Grant How Much Will You Get
The standard payment is £500 and you will not need to pay it back. But, you may NOT qualify for SSMG if you already have children.
So, how much will you get if you already have children under the age of 16?If this is the case, you can only qualify for a grant for you second baby if you are (either):
Expecting twins or triplets (e.g. a multiple birth).
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