What is an SSMG?
  • Intended to help pay for the immediate needs of a new baby, if your income is low.
  • It is a lump sum of £500 for each child and does not have to be paid back.
  • It is paid for each child in multiple births.
Eligibility The customer or partner must be in receipt of either IS, ESA (IR), Pension Credit, JSA (income-based) Working Tax Credit with a disability or severe disability element or Child Tax Credit at a rate higher than the family element.The customer or partner must:

  • be pregnant and expecting a baby within 11 weeks
  • have had a baby in the past three months
  • have a dependent child or dependent young person who is pregnant and expecting a baby within 11 weeks or who has had a baby in the past three months
  • have adopted a baby who is under 12 months old
  • have, in certain circumstances, been granted a residence order by the courts in respect of a baby who is under 12 months old
  • have been granted a parental order by the courts in respect of a surrogate birth.
When to apply From 11 weeks before the baby is due until three months after the birth, adoption, residence order or parental order.If the claimant is waiting for a decision on a qualifying benefit or entitlement, or have asked for their Child Tax Credit award to be reviewed, they must still claim within the time limits.
How to Apply and Information required To apply the claimants should complete form SF100 and return to Jobcentre PlusÂ

Details required will include verification of expected date of confinement, date of birth, adoption, residence order or parental order.

Certificate at back of claim form SF100 to be signed by GP, Hospital Doctor, Midwife, Health Visitor or Practice Nurse confirming that advice on health/welfare of the baby and, if the claim is made before the birth, on maternal health, has been received.

Appeal If the customer wants to know more about a decision or thinks it is wrong they, or someone else who has the authority to act on their behalf, can:

  • ask for an explanation
  • ask for a written statement of reasons for our decision
  • ask us to look again at the decision to see if it can be changed
  • appeal against the decision to an independent tribunal (but this must be in writing).

They can take any of the actions above, or take all of them, but they must get in touch with us within one month of the date of the decision letter.