In order to financially assist families that are welcoming a new child, the UK Government has instituted the Sure Start Maternity Grant. This grant is a one time payment in the amount of £500 which is to be used to help cover the costs of having a new baby. It can also be used in situations where a family is adopting a baby.
Who Is Eligible For A Sure Start Maternity Grant?
To be eligible for the grant, an applicant must be currently receiving Government Income Support, Employment Allowance or Jobseeker’s Allowance. Applicants may also be eligible if they are receiving the Child Tax Credit or the Working Tax Credit. The grant must be claimed within 11 weeks of the time when the baby is due or within three months after the birth of the baby. If the grant is for an adopted baby or a baby that is born through a surrogate mother, the applicant must apply for the grant within three months of the adoption or the surrogate birth.
How To Claim The Sure Start Maternity Grant
The process of claiming the grant varies depending on the area in which the applicant lives. For applicants in England, Scotland and Wales, they should contact their local Job Centre Office to request a claim form or visit the website of the Department - we are not affiliated with any organisation mentioned. for Work and Pensions to download a grant claim form. Applicants in Northern Ireland should contact their local Social Security or Jobs and Benefits Office to request a claim form.
Calling the Sure Start Maternity Grant contact number
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Submitting The Right Documents For A Sure Start Maternity Grant Claim
To submit a claim for a Sure Start Maternity Grant, applicants must provide evidence that they have spoken to a health care professional, such as a family doctor, hospital midwife or health visitor, and received advice regarding the health and welfare of their baby. The healthcare professional will need to sign the healthcare certificate that is included on the claim form.
What To Do If A Sure Start Maternity Grant Application Is Denied
If an applicant’s claim for a grant has been denied, the applicant can request for their claim to be reviewed. This process is known as a mandatory reconsideration. If the claim is still denied after the mandatory reconsideration, the applicant can appeal the decision to an independent tribunal. Applicants should be aware of the time restrictions, as there is normally a one-month deadline in which a decision can be disputed, so it is a good idea not to delay and to seek advice as soon as possible.
Important Sure Start Maternity Grant (SSMG) details
|What is an SSMG?||
|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:
|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:
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.