Expecting a baby ? Have a look at these benefits and things available to you

Child Benefit. You can currently claim Child Benefit as soon as your baby is born. However, Child Benefit is now restricted for families where one parent earns over £50,000 and withdrawn completely from families where one parent earns over £60,000. 

Bounty mum to be goodie bag.
http://www.bounty.com/ sign up to bounty and find out how to get your mum to be pack, you can also get the newborn pack and also the third growing family pack. they are filled with advice and product samples such as creams and nappies. And its all free of charge the website is packed full of fun stuff to do aswell.
 

Free prescriptions and dental care

All prescriptions and NHS dental treatment are free while you are pregnant and for 12 months after your baby's due date. Children also get free prescriptions until they are 16. To claim free prescriptions, ask your doctor or midwife for form FW8 and send it to your health authority.

You will be sent a maternity exemption certificate (MATEX) that lasts for 12 months after your due date. You must have a valid exemption certificate to claim free prescriptions and dental care.
 

Healthy Start

Free milk, infant formula, vitamins, fruit and vegetables for pregnant women receiving certain benefits, and for all pregnant women under 18. Find out more on the Healthy Start website

Sure Start Maternity Grant

What is the Sure Start Maternity Grant?
A one-off payment from the Social Fund to help with the cost of your baby.
Who gets it?
You’ll get the grant if your new baby is the only child under 16 in your family and you or your partner get one of the following benefits:
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit at a higher rate than the family element
  • Working Tax Credit which includes a disability or sever disability element
The grant is £500

Statutory Paternity Leave and Pay

What is Statutory Paternity Leave and Pay?
One or two weeks’ paid time off work so that you can help look after your new baby.
Who gets it?
You must be:
  • the child’s biological father or adopter
  • the mother’s partner
  • the intended parent (if you’re having a baby through surrogacy)
You must also:
  • have worked for your employer for 26 weeks by the 15th week before the baby is due
  • be employed by your employer until the baby is born
  • earn at least £112 per week
There are different rules if you adopt.
How much is Statutory Paternity Pay?
You get Statutory Paternity Pay for one or two weeks of your paternity leave.
In the 2015-16 tax year you’ll get £139.58 per week or 90% of your average weekly earnings, whichever is lower.
How to claim
Give your employer Form SC3 at least 15 weeks before the week the baby is due.

Statutory Maternity Leave and Pay

What is Statutory Maternity Leave and Pay?
When you have a baby, you’re entitled to a year’s maternity leave and pay from your employer for up to 39 weeks while you’re on leave, if you’re eligible.
Who gets it?
Employed pregnant women.
To get Statutory Maternity Pay you must have:
  • been working for your employer for at least 26 weeks
  • average earnings of at least £112 per week
How much is Statutory Maternity Pay?
You get Statutory Maternity Pay for 39 weeks of your 52 week maternity leave.
How to claim
To get maternity leave, you need to tell your employer when you want to stop working by the 15th week before the baby’s due date.
You need to give your employer at least 28 days’ notice that you want to start Statutory Maternity Pay, and give them proof that you’re pregnant.

Child benefit

This is payable from the date the baby is born. It is paid by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Most people with a child qualify for child benefit and can receive it regardless of income. If you or your partner earns over £50,000 (individually, not joint income), some or all of your child benefit is paid back through tax. Child benefit can be paid directly into your bank or savings account or through a Post Office or National Savings account that accepts Direct Payment. A form for child benefit is handed out by the hospital after your child is born – claim within three months. The form is also available online: visit www.gov.uk/child-benefit

Sure Start maternity grant

This is a lump sum grant to help with the costs of a new baby if you or your partner are  on income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance, income-related employment and support allowance, universal credit, pension credit or child tax credit above a certain rate. You do not have to pay back any of this money. You can usually only get a Sure Start maternity grant if you don't have any other children under 16 years old.. Claim your grant using form SF100 which must also be signed by an approved health professional confirming you have received advice on maternal or child health.  You can get the claim form from your local Jobcentre Plus office or  online at www.gov.uk You can claim at any time from the 29th week of pregnancy until your child is three months old.

Join the baby clubs for free packs an great advice.
Join the popular “Tesco Loves Baby Club” to get various freebies, vouchers and exclusive competition entries, during pregnancy right up to toddler age. As well as an informative website to answer any baby-related questions, the scheme allows Clubcard holders to earn bonus points on baby brand purchases.
 
Baby clubs run fab competitions and giveaways, don't miss out!!
 




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